Dazzle Ships


Start Date: July 15, 2014

End Date: August 31, 2014

This summer a new ship, painted in specially-commissioned ‘dazzle’ designs will be an unmissable homage to artists’ wartime contribution and will sit on Victoria Embankment.

The dazzle style in which the ships will be painted takes as its inspiration the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the ‘dazzle’ camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains. The geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight
during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports.

The HMS President (1918), which served as a Dazzle Ship during the First World War, will be ‘dazzled’ by Tobias Rehberger. One of the most respected European artists of his generation, Rehberger is a German sculptor whose work blurs the boundaries between design, sculpture, furniture-making and installation.These eye-catching vessels remind local people and visitors of the crucial role ships played in the country’s wartime survival.

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Location: HMS President (1918), Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0HJ