Peter Blake: Everybody Razzle Dazzle

Words by Sinead Nunes, Editor

Everyone’s talking about it – Sir Peter Blake will be the next artist to unleash his own brand of ‘dazzle camouflage’ on a UK ship – this time, on Liverpool’s own Mersey Ferry, the first of the commissions to be painted on a working vessel.

Everybody Razzle Dazzle is the third in the series of Dazzle Ship commissions, following Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront, and Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship on the River Thames in London.

Sir Peter’s design will cover the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop with a distinctive colourful pattern that can be seen for the next two years, as the passenger vessel continues its commuter service, River Explorer and Manchester Ship Canal Cruises. As well as experiencing a moving artwork, visitors who board the Snowdrop can learn more about the history of ‘dazzle’ in a curated display. The project will be underpinned by an integrated education programme, including a digital resource for schools and online commissions by artists and writers.

The ferry will be ‘dazzled’ by Spring, so get ready for your first colourful voyage! for more info