Monday, May 10, 2010

Canadian War Museum Camouflage Exhibit - Camouflage Week

One thing Ottawa has no shortage of is museums, and amongst them is the recently reincarnated War Museum. One of the temporary exhibits currently on display is "Camouflage - From battlefield to catwalk", and I have been meaning to visit it for some time. Last week, Patrick and I did just that.

Self portrait-esque work by a Canadian sniper from the Korean War.

To my dismay, the focus seemed to be almost entirely on the "catwalk", only briefly touching on the "battlefield". That is to say that camouflage in pop culture, fashion and everyday life seemed to be in the spotlight as opposed to military camouflage (odd for a museum dedicated to war). The exhibit itself was rather small, and seemed to lack cohesion in its composition. 

There were several interesting portions, including a segment on Dazzle (more on that later this week), a sniper's tree hide (shown below), and information on the camouflaging of buildings during the second world war.

Multi-level sniper/spotter hide.

Camouflage uniform from the Republic of Vietnam.

Now, don't let me discourage you from visiting the War Museum. It is an amazing museum, providing a detailed and interesting history of Canada at war. 

Early revolver.

Trench knives.

Soviet arms.

Haida war art.

Big tank.

Big gun.

Flamethrower tank.

1 comment:

  1. I was also disappointed in the exhibit when I saw it (I think it was last fall). You're right on about it being more about pop culture and camouflage's effect on civvie life and style. I think this was an attempt to pander to people not typically interested in coming to the museum, or to give the wife something to do while the husband can FINALLY check out the new building he's been meaning to check out for some time. The pink camouflage pump on the Ottawa Transit advertising campaign said it all!