A ground-breaking national exhibition is now open to the public at Te Papa to mark the centenary of the First World War.
Te Papa and Weta Workshop have joined forces to create a truly moving exhibit like no other.
Gallipoli: The scale of our war was given top secret creative treatment but now all has been unveiled ahead of Anzac Day.
Eight New Zealanders and their stories have been brought to life on a monumental scale. The figures of seven soldiers and a nurse have been frozen in a moment in time, at 2.4 times human scale.
Exhibition Creative Director and founder of Weta Workshop Richard Taylor says he and his team were determined to create something unique to commemorate Gallipoli through their collaboration with Te Papa.
“In collaboration with a large number of amazing Wellington companies we have worked together with the team at Te Papa, to commemorate the people involved in this war in a way that will hopefully create a heightened awareness and leave a lasting and impactful memory of this most important of events in New Zealand’s history,” Taylor says.
War scenes are showcased in incredible detail and include a replica dugout as well as diary entries, weapons and photos taken by the soldiers themselves.
Weta Workshop, famous for their work on the Middle Earth films, spent more than 24,000 hours creating all eight figures, along with the associated exhibition elements of their lives and stories, including countless hours researching their rich histories.
In addition to the life-like figures, cutting edge technology has been used to create other visitor experiences including 3-D maps and projections, miniatures, models, dioramas, and a range of interactive experiences.
Anzac Day is celebrated annually on the 25th of April in New Zealand and Australia and commemorates those killed in war and the returned servicemen and women of both countries.
Anzac Day 2015 is particularly special to both countries as it marks 100 years since World War I and the Gallipoli landing.
Over 2,500 New Zealand soldiers lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.
The acronym Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps and epitomises the close bond between the two nations.
All over New Zealand dawn parades take place to honour those who have served their country.
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You can find out more about the exhibition at www.gallipoli.tepapa.govt.nz
including behind-the-scenes videos showing the creation of the exhibition.