Today's Dominion (the Wellington-based national newspaper) carried a letter to the editor concerning our diorama of Chunuk Bair:
Gary Murdoch started by describing how he visited the diorama in the old Dominion Museum, and how everyone should see it.
He then went on to make a fair point, which coincidentally my sister-in-law and I had also discussed on Sunday when I showed her family around the diorama:
... I have one criticism though. Despite all the care and taken to get the model soldiers right in the Gallipoli diorama, the landscape itself lacks description.
It could be a scene from Makara coast or almost anywhere for that matter. Without much contrast, all geographical points merge into one another on Sari Bair Ridge, Gallipoli.
Chunuk Bair, Baby 700, Battleship Hill, The Apex, The Nek, Rhododendron Spur are not identified yet they are central to our story.
How difficult would it be to put a little name-flag on each feature? There is not even an indication where the sea and Anzac Cove are.
There is a narrative on the glass surround, but it's extremely difficult to translate into what is happening on the ground.
Gary Murdoch, KaroriWhen I was showing my sister-in-law's family around, I had to begin the story by orientating them to where the sea was. Once they could picture that, then following the narrative became more obvious.
I also like Gary's suggestion of some sort of method of naming the main features.
And isn't it terrific that there is enough interest in our diorama for it to inspire a letter to the editor of one of our main national daily newspapers!