Sir Peter Blake, the artist who created the well-known Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, has been commissioned to paint a Mersey ferry in razzle dazzle colors to commemorate the centenary of World War I. [Liverpool Echo]
Snowdrop is being painted in a unique razzle dazzle design and will wear the dazzling colors for a year.
Liverpool Echo: The Snowdrop is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions by the 14-18 NOW centenary arts organisation, following the Edmund Gardner, designed by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez as part of last year’s Liverpool Biennial, and Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship on the River Thames in London.
In addition to being a moving artwork, visitors who board the Snowdrop can learn more about the history of dazzle camouflage – invented in World War I to confuse the enemy as to the range and speed of allied ships, and the role that the Mersey Ferries played in the war in a display developed by curators from NML and Tate Liverpool.
Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW said: “We congratulate Peter Blake on this wonderful artwork, which follows the success of the ‘dazzled’ Edmund Gardner in Liverpool and HMS President (1918) in London.
Snowdrop offers a completely new way for visitors to experience a dazzle ship and learn more about the rich maritime history of Liverpool and the Mersey Ferries during World War I.”
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by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee