If anyone had told me in my undergrad that I would be building a foam and paper model as part of my PhD coursework, I’m sure I would have thought they were crazy. However, here I am, building a scale replica of a PoW camp in an attempt to make an interactive exhibit.
I have now finished the physical model of the camp. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the model is on a foam board overlain with an aerial photograph of the site. The buildings were scaled to size and built with a foam frame. I then copied the textures from my digital model, scaled them down, and produced a fold- and cut-out version that could be wrapped around the frames.
Now with all the buildings finished, the model is starting to take shape.
One of the next steps is to add buttons to the model. These buttons will trigger 360° views and videos that will explain the history of the camp and help users understand what life was like for German PoWs and their guards in Riding Mountain National Park.