Read about the project here.
We went quite early for a Sunday morning, getting there by about 9.30 a.m. There were already many people there visiitng and photographing the installation, and when we came out of the National Gallery at around 11.30, there was a big crowd.
I found it very moving: not so much because of the ANZAC centenary which has been over-cooked by the media and other self interested parties to a disgusting degree, but because of the enormous sense of community and goodwill the project generated. People wanted to be involved and share in it.
There is so much terrible news from different parts of the world every day it was beautiful to see something created from goodwill, kindness and sharing. I loved it.
Then we went to an excellent show at the NGV called Follow the Flag: Australian artists at war 1914-1945. Some incredible artists featured ( Streeton, Nolan, Lindsay, Tucker, Hester etc), propaganda posters, a coffee set cleverly made from spent shell cartridges and a linen tablecloth embroidered by a woman imprisoned by the Japanese in a internment camp in China in 1942. With permission from the guards she embroidered a map of the camp and later embroidered 800 signatures of (presumably) camp inmates. This was a very interesting and moving show and well worth seeing.