Last weekend in London, walking along the south bank of the River Thames, I spotted this intricately painted ship moored on the opposite bank.
The information sign reads –
Opposite you on the north bank of the river, artist Tobias Rehberger has created a contemporary dazzle design for HMS President (1918) as part of the 14 – 18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commisions. This temporary artwork takes as its starting point a style of optical distortion, used extensively during the First World War, called Dazzle painting.
Devised by British artist Norman Wilkinson and supervised by vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth, the camouflage technique incorporated bold shapes and strong contrasts, with an aim to confuse rather than to conceal.
There is more information on Dazzle painting in this link.