As part of the WW1 centenary commemorations, Glasgow-based and Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips was commissioned to dazzle a ship (and, no, she neither blinded nor impressed it). 

Dazzle is a WW1 camouflage technique that sounds like the opposite of a camouflage technique. Ships were covered in complex patterns and geometric shapes – a direct route not only to the funkiest sea vessels around, but also to preventing the enemy from determining the range, speed or heading of the ship. 

Following in the footsteps of Sir Peter Blake, Ciara was the fourth artists commissioned to dazzle a ship by 14-18 NOW, a programme of art commemorating the WW1 centenary. Want to learn more about WW1 dazzle ships with modern technology? Download the Dazzle app

Ciara Phillip’s dazzle ship will be on display at Leith Docks from 25 May.

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