Dazzle Ship, Tobias Rehberger, 2014. Image credit – Stephen White
A new public art installation has hit London. Moored along Victoria Embankment, between Temple and Blackfriars Bridge, is sculptor Tobias Rehberger’s newly ‘dazzled’ ship.
The HMS President (1918), served as a Dazzle Ship in the First World War as the HMS Saxifrage. The “dazzle” camouflage was developed during the First World War as a method to distort and disguise, rather than to hide battleships, creating an optical illusion intended to confuse submarines.
The dazzling of the HMS President (1918) pairs the boat with the Edmund Gardner in Liverpool which was treated to contemporary artist Carlos Cruz-Diez’s interpretation of ‘dazzling’. The boat is available to view at the dry dock, near the Albert Dock, Liverpool.