Monday, February 2, 2015

HMS President

HMS President (1918) in dazzle camouflage by Tobias Rehberger, Victoria Embankment, City of London
HMS President (1918) in ‘dazzle camouflage’ by Tobias Rehberger
Victoria Embankment, City of London
London, September 2014

“Leading German artist, Tobias Rehberger, is transforming the HMS President (1918) by covering it entirely in ‘dazzle camouflage’ designs as part of 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The completed work will be unveiled on 14 July 2014. ‘Dazzle camouflage’, also known as ‘dazzle painting’ was used extensively during the First World War as a means of camouflaging a ship, making it difficult for the enemy to target it accurately. As one of the last three surviving warships of the Royal Navy built during the First World War, the HMS President (1918), the first type of warship built specifically for anti-submarine warfare, was originally ‘dazzled’ in this way.”
(Dazzle Ship London, HMS President)

1 comment:

Lowell said...

I had never heard of dazzle painting until I read your blog. It looks to be quite effective, especially from the air, I would think. Nice shot of this HMS President.