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Ciara Phillips

Dazzle Ship Scotland

25 May 2016 - 31 January 2017

LEITH

Free

The brilliantly coloured contemporary Dazzle Ships docked on the rivers of Liverpool and London have been some of the most striking symbols of the commemoration period from 2014 to 2018. These unmissable floating artworks became part of the landscape for millions of residents and tourists, a visual connection to the hundreds of Dazzle Ships that crossed the seas during the First World War. The extraordinary Dazzle Ship project moved to Scotland, with a fourth commission, titled Every Woman, by the Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips to light up the city of Edinburgh.

The launch of our latest Dazzle Ship coincided with commemorations of the First World War on 29 May and 1 June 2016, timed to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Ciara Phillips, a long-term resident of Scotland, ‘dazzled’ the MV Fingal, which was berthed at the Prince of Wales Dock in the historic port of Leith. As an artist with a longstanding interest in the history of signs and symbols as they relate to print media, Phillips put her own unique spin on the astonishing camouflage patterns that adorned battle-ready ships in the Port of Leith one hundred years ago. The ship was a central element of Edinburgh Art Festival for 2016.

Previous commissions have seen Sir Peter Blake cover the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop with a distinctive pattern entitled Everybody Razzle Dazzle.  You can still see the ship on the River Mersey today and read more about the project here.

The HMS President (1918) was ‘dazzled’ by the German sculptor Tobias Rehberger, which adorned the river Thames in London. And Carlos Cruz-Diez painted the Edmund Gardner with orange, yellow and green striped design, which was situated in a dry dock near Liverpool’s Albert Dock.

You can also join in by creating your own ‘dazzle’ design.  The cutting-edge technology of our free Dazzle It App allows you to remix work by these contemporary artists and share your creation with your friends.  Available for download from iTunes and Google Play.

Dazzle Ship series co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial
Dazzle Ship Scotland is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh Art Festival with support from Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust, Forth Ports, Sherwin-Williams and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dates, Times & Locations

From 25 May 2016
Leith Docks

28 May 2016
South Queensferry

Battle of Jutland commemorations

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