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German artist’s dazzling WWI centenary makeover for HMS President

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A World War I warship permanently moored on the River Thames has been given a startling new livery as part of the commemorations of the centenary of the start of the conflict.

German artist’s dazzling WWI centenary makeover for HMS President
German artist’s dazzling WWI centenary makeover for HMS President

HMS President, moored on the north bank just upriver of Blackfriars Bridge, has been transformed by German artist Tobias Rehberger.

The ship's new livery is inspired by the glaring colours and jagged lines of the 'dazzle' camouflage designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains.

The ship is best viewed from the South Bank close to Oxo Tower Wharf.

Rehberger is one of two artists commissioned to paint ships in dazzle-inspired colour schemes. In Liverpool, Carlos Cruz-Diez has created a new work for historic pilot ship Edmund Gardner.

'Dazzle' was developed by the British marine artist Norman Wilkinson. He employed techniques that resembled those of avant-garde British painters such as Wyndham Lewis and David Bomberg.

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