Today I’ve got some photos of the ‘dazzle ship’, an Edinburgh Art Festival artwork that is docked in the Leith docks, just outside our work. Dave’s office actually looks out onto the ship, so he’s been watching it being painted, whereas I’m tucked away in the middle of the building at the far end from the ship, so I only really investigated once it’s been finished. You can’t actually go close up to it, so you can only see the one side of it, but it’s still pretty cool.
The artwork is by Ciara Phillips and was commissioned for the centenary of the First World War. It’s about the role of women in the war effort, because these dazzle ships were real things, designed not to camouflage, but to confuse German submarines with their unpredictable angles and colours (though there is no evidence that this actually worked). More than 3,500 were dazzled, designed and painted by female art students while their male counterparts were away fighting. The design is based on a print, and reads ‘every woman a signal tower’ in Morse code.
The ship is there until the end of August so plenty of time for a visit!