2014

London, Liverpool and River Mersey 2014 - 2016

DAZZLE SHIPS

SIR PETER BLAKE, CARLOS CRUZ DIEZ, TOBIAS REHBERGER

DAZZLE SHIPS

SIR PETER BLAKE, CARLOS CRUZ DIEZ, TOBIAS REHBERGER

Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool have co-commissioned one of the major figures of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, to ‘dazzle’ a Mersey Ferry in partnership with Merseytravel and National Museums Liverpool.

This is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions, following Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront, and Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship on the River Thames in London. These spectacular artworks can still be viewed in Liverpool and London and in Spring 2015, the working Mersey Ferry entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake, will be joining them.

The dazzle style in which the vessels are painted take inspiration from 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.

DAZZLE FERRY – RIVER MERSEY
EVERYBODY RAZZLE DAZZLE
SIR PETER BLAKE
SPRING 2015 – END OF 2016

A design by leading British artist  Sir Peter Blake will cover the Mersey Ferry, Snowdrop with a distinctive pattern, as it continues its commuter service.

DAZZLE SHIP – LIVERPOOL 
CARLOS CRUZ DIEZ
12 JUNE 2014 UNTIL 2015

Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of the great figures of contemporary art, famous for his use of light, colour and movement in kinetic and optical art created a new work for an historic pilot ship, the Edmund Gardner.

DAZZLE SHIP – LONDON 
TOBIAS REHBERGER
15 JULY 2014 UNTIL 31 JULY 2015

In London the HMS President (1918), which served as a Dazzle Ship during the First World War, was ‘dazzled’ by Tobias Rehberger, one of the most respected artists of his generation.

CREDITS

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Liverpool Biennial in association with the University of the Arts London Chelsea College of Arts, HMS President (1918) and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with Merseytravel, who own and operate Mersey Ferries, and National Museums Liverpool (Merseyside Maritime Museum).  Supported by Arts Council England, National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Department for Culture Media and Sport.

Dazzle Ship London was supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Goethe-Institut London and Schroder Charity Trust.

Design motifs from Sir Peter Blake’s Everybody Razzle Dazzle, 2015
Dazzle Ship, Tobias Rehberger, 2014. Image credit - Chris Wainwright
Dazzle Ship Liverpool, Carlos Cruz-Diez, 2014. Image credit - Mark McNulty

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