From 13 June 2014
Canning Graving Dock, opposite the Museum of Liverpool
Dazzle Ship is a co-commission by 1418 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commission, Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Renowned artist Carlos Cruz-Diez worked with the idea of dazzle using the historic Edmund Gardner pilot ship owned and conserved by the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The work has been realised by painters from Cammell Laird.
The title of the work is 'Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris, 2014'.
See behind the scenes on the ship from the engine room to the wheelhouse in our free award-winning guided tours. Tours are held at 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday and on most Saturdays from June to September. Please check the Museum of Liverpool's What's on page to check which Saturdays the tours are available.
Each tour lasts one hour. Meet in the Museum of Liverpool entrance foyer.
Places are limited so advance booking is essential, telephone 0151 478 4545.
Please note that the ship has uneven surfaces, steep stairways and low steps, meaning it is not fully accessible and unable to accommodate wheelchair users, pushchairs or prams. Please wear appropriate sensible footwear for a safe and enjoyable visit.
You can also see inside with our online tour.
'Mauretania in dazzle paint' by Burnett Poole
The commission transforms the historic pilot ship the Edmund Gardner into a ‘dazzle ship’, using a painting technique introduced as a way of camouflaging ships during the First World War. Dazzle's contrasting stripes and curves create an optical illusion that break up a ship’s shape and obscure its movement in the water, making it difficult for enemy submarines to identify and destroy.
Painted in bright colours and a sharp patchwork design of interlocking shapes, the spectacular dazzle style was heavily indebted to Cubist art. The inventor of dazzle painting, Norman Wilkinson, was influenced by avant-garde British painters such as Wyndham Lewis and David Bomberg.
The Edmund Gardner pilot ship is situated in Canning Graving Dock opposite the Museum of Liverpool.
It will be returned to the original livery following the dazzle ship project and the attention the vessel will receive during the project will help in her long term preservation.
Find out more about the pilot ship.
Photographs from the Maritime Archives and Library.
See prints by Edward Wadsworth at the Walker Art Gallery.
Transforming the dazzle ship
Watch the Edmund Gardner being transformed into a dazzle ship in this time lapse video, courtesy of Liverpool Biennial.
Time lapse: Dazzle Ship from Liverpool Biennial on Vimeo .
See photos of the Edmund Gardner being painted and artist Carlos Cruz-Diaz visiting the ship in our gallery below.
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