Last week I had the pleasure of attending an event upon the HMS President in London to celebrate the launch of a new commission by artist Tobias Rehberger. As part of 14-18 NOW, the official cultural programme to commemorate the centenary of World War One.
What is dazzle paint?
‘Dazzle’ paint is a method used extensively during WW1 to help camouflage ships coming into the UK, making it difficult for the enemy to target the ship accurately. Obviously it’s pretty much impossible to hide a ship completely so instead dazzle paint was used to confused the enemy so that they couldn’t figure out what course the ship was travelling on. The ‘dazzle’ effect was achieved by painting contrasting curves and lines on the ship to break up its shape and outline.