Tuesday 28th of July 2015
Swap your Easirent hire car for the Dazzle Ferry and set sail on an iconic journey across the River Mersey. Commissioned by the Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW WWI Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool, ‘Everybody Razzle Dazzle’ (or the ‘Dazzle Ferry’ as it’s better known locally) is Sir Peter Blake’s creative redesign of the classic Snowdrop Mersey Ferry.
The Dazzle Ferry, which is in operation until 31 December 2016, is the third in a series of ‘Dazzle Ship’ commissions, and is the only commission to be a working vessel.
Sir Peter Blake, famous for designing The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, has designed the ferry with a distinctive colourful and monochrome design. As a tribute to the role that the Mersey ferries played during World War One, the vessel has been disguised not in camouflage, but in a decoration that baffles and ‘dazzles’ the eye, making it difficult for the enemy to gauge the range, speed and direction of travel. This inventive and often successful technique has been credited to the artist Norman Wilkinson, and was used during The Great War to mislead the enemy and render the boats not easily recognisable to aircraft and u-boats.
Immortalised in the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ hit song ‘Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey’, the Mersey Ferries are one of Liverpool’s most iconic sights, and are a major tourist attraction. Visitors can climb aboard the distinctive vessel and journey along the river on a ‘River Explorer’ cruise, which takes in all the landmarks including the famous Liverpool waterfront, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and New Brighton, a popular seaside resort and where The Beatles once played.