7 September 2012
Hey the MLE!
When I was visiting Glasgow this summer I checked out the brand new "Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel." It was a great museum, totally recommend. While I was there, I discovered some models of ships with something wonderful called "dazzle camouflage" (see my photo of the model on top).
Did a bit of research and of course there are many designers and various hipsters that are all over this already. You can see dazzle camo inspired textiles, notebook covers, cars, scooters etc etc. but regardless...
For a bit of background, this was developed primarily in the First World war for "confusion rather than concealment." Sculptors, artists, and set designers designed this camouflage, testing first on small wooden models viewed through a periscope in a studio.
Sure it's effectiveness was constantly in question, blah blah blah. But the ships looked super cool and the crew loved it, which helped to boost morale.
Picasso, the modest man that he was, tried to take credit for dazzle camouflage, which seemed to him a quintessentially Cubist technique.