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 new commission by the Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips set to light up the city of Edinburgh.
The launch of the 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.