Dazzle Camouflage Returns 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-56904257

Pictured: Dazzle Camouflage recently applied at a west country / Southwest shipyard at Falmouth Docks 2021.

In the days of Radar, “Dazzle camouflage was phased out by the Royal Navy after 1945. Commander David Louis of the Overseas Patrol Squadron, said “Dazzle has much less military value in the 21st Century” but “it is very much more about supporting the unique identity of the squadron within the Royal Navy.” (BBC source above)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-58331695

More BBC coverage of Dazzle Paint and its history

2014 Mersey Pilot Boat Edmund Gardiner repainted as an art event to mark the 1914-18 WW1 centenary

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27818134

“A Venezuelan artist called Carlos Cruz-Diez designed its fancy new coat. He was commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW – a pop-up arts outfit that is planning a series of commissions to mark the centenary of World War One … Carlos has turned the plain old Edmund Gardener into a “dazzle ship”: a piece of optical art intended to bemuse. The dazzle idea is not his, it was the brainchild of a rather conventional British marine artist called Norman Wilkinson (1878-1971).”

Quote from Dazzle Ships and the Art of Confusion, Will Gompertz BBC online 2014

BBC Teach piece on Norman Wilkinson and the WW1 origin of Dazzle Camouflage.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/how-did-an-artist-help-britain-fight-the-war-at-sea/zmkx8xs

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 31 August 2021

5 thoughts on “Dazzle Camouflage Returns 2021”

  1. Very interesting. No doubt influenced by the carrier strike group now heading into the Far East. Perhaps the new colour scheme will impress the Chinese even more than the carrier !!!!!! Regards.

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