Dazzle Camouflage

I love this dazzle camouflage. I can’t remember the context in which it was brought to my attention at the Quimby table but here’s a great example:

File:USS Charles S. Sperry.jpg

It’s hard to believe it was used as far back as 1918 and all over the world from Russia to the U.S. RISD has the plans and photos from Maurice Freedman, the camoufleur for the U.S. Shipping Board. They have loads of photos and info:

http://www.risd.edu/dazzle/

It seems like a such a crazy idea. Who thought painting battleships in dramatic ways would be an efficient way to avoid the enemy? I don’t know but I like this visual parallel to the mental drama lots of us like to create as distractions….

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