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Razzle Dazzle: Radical Camouflage

Pick up your Easirent hire car from Glasgow Airport and head to the Riverside Museum to see the current exhibition ‘Razzle Dazzle: Radical Camouflage’. The free exhibition which will be in the museum until 1 January 2016 will explore the theme of the Dazzle ships, a series of bizarrely painted Allied ships that were used during World War One.

The Dazzle ships, also known as Razzle Dazzle ships, which were decorated in Dazzle paint, were created by the artist Norman Wilkinson and were decorated with complex patterns of geometric shapes that were designed to ‘dazzle’ the enemy. The ships used during The Great War were not painted to be concealed, but quite the opposite, Wilkinson took his inspiration from animals in the wild such as zebras, giraffes and jaguars, which he recognised were difficult to pick up when on the move. Consequently, the dazzle ships misled the enemy by making it difficult to estimate the speed, heading and range of the ships, making them much harder targets.

The Razzle Dazzle: Radical Camouflage exhibition at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow Southside will feature two new and rarely seen designs of the Dazzle ships that were in operation in 1917. The ships, which are on loan from the Imperial War Museum can be compared with other objects from the Great War, including camouflage objects and different weapons from the time. Travel back in time and explore the ships, which are decorated with beetles and butterflies.

The Riverside museum can be found just a 12 minute drive away from our Easirent hire car pick up point at Glasgow Airport.