Sunday, 22 July 2018

Hello Sailor!

I can almost hear the cries now,

as New York City’s historic Fireboat John J. Harvey makes it's way up and down river, 

 has been transformed into a dazzling display of red and white marbling in a new piece by artist Tauba AuerbachFlow Separation is a co-commission by the Public Art Fund and 14-18 NOW, a UK arts program created for the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, 

 for the new piece Auerbach used the visual language of early 20th-century dazzle camouflage, a technique invented by British painter Norman Wilkinson during WWI to distort a ship’s form and confuse enemies who might be tracking its direction or speed,
these are a couple of razzle dazzle ships,

from WW1 to give you an idea of the original concept, if you want to see more of these have a look here, and if you want to see bathing bells from Margate in the UK in a picture from the New York Tribune taken in 1919, showing off their razzle dazzles have a look here,

for the last four years, 14-18 NOW has commissioned four artists to create Dazzle Ships in the UK, including Carlos Cruz-DiezTobias RehbergerCiara Phillips, and Sir Peter Blake, Auerbach’s vessel will be the last work in the series, and the first boat to appear in the U.S. The ship will be available for free trips through September 23, 2018, and on view through May 12, 2019, 

You can visit the boat at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6 until August 12, 2018, at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 from August 13 to September 23, 2018, and at Hudson River Park’s Pier 66a from September 24, 2018 to May 12, 2019, You can find more information about tickets and locations on the Public Art Fund’s website, it all looks so unreal.

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