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One engineer found working on a diorama helped him deal with deployment, Sgt Rachel Ingram and Cpl Mark Doran report.
The art of memories
Army August 2, 2012
Creative mind: 3CER's Cpl Jared Martin puts the final touches on his diorama of a engineer search team clearing the route for a vehicle patrol in Afghanistan. Photos by Sgt Rachel Ingram
I wanted to help
what we do and
the sacrifices which
have been made
by individuals in
-- Cpl Jared Martin, 3CER
AMOMENT of war has
been frozen in time and is
now on display at 3CER's
Inspired by the work he and his
fellow engineers did in Afghanistan,
Cpl Jared Martin, of 3CER, used his
talent and knowledge to build a dio-
rama depicting engineers conducting
a route clearance for a convoy.
As a combat engineer section
commander, Cpl Martin deployed to
Afghanistan for nearly eight months
as part of MTF 3. In his limited
downtime he started to paint min-
iatures of his section members and
Australian and Afghan National
On his return to Australia, his
partner Samantha encouraged him to
build the diorama and suggested it
would be therapeutic to continue to
use his talent.
Cpl Martin said Samantha helped
with the construction of the diora-
ma, which also gave him a chance
to speak about his experiences in
"When she was building the corn-
field I told her the story of how I was
caught up in a trip wire," he said.
"Samantha said I should put the
trip wire back in the diorama's corn-
field, so now the boys and I can have
a bit of a laugh about the whole situ-
Great care was taken with the dio-
rama to establish the terrain, vehi-
cles, aqueducts, soldiers and locals
to scale. Hidden caches are included
to show an example of what engineer
search teams can find.
Cpl Martin said he wanted to cre-
ate something three-dimensional, dif-
ferent from photos and videos.
"It needed to physically show the
lay of the land and be interactive,"
"I want to help people understand
what we do and the sacrifices which
have been made by individuals in
Along with his natural talent, Cpl
Martin acknowledged the assistance
of a fellow sapper who he said was
good in the painting department and
provided expertise in colour tech-
"The internet had been really
significant too, as I could YouTube
advice and techniques from all over
WO2 Chris Dabbs, of 3CER, said
the diorama was an excellent depic-
tion of an engineer search team in
"When we saw it we realised it was
something we definitely wanted and
would be proud to display in the unit,"
Cpl Martin also created a diorama
before his initial employment train-
ing depicting engineers in Vietnam,
which is now housed at the School
of Military Engineers Museum in
One of his long-term ambitions is to
work for the Australian War Memorial
to help preserve the Army's current
experiences for future generations.
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