Imperial War Museum
14–18 NOW is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Musicians, writers, painters, photographers, theatre directors, film-makers, digital designers, composers, poets, choreographers and more will be invited to look afresh at the First World War and what its many stories reveal about the world we live in today.
The work will be presented in three distinct seasons: the first of these will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War and will run from June to August 2014.
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- 15 July 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now
The new painted design for HMS President created by German sculptor Tobias Rehberger takes as its inspiration from the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the ‘dazzle’ camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains. The geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports. This newly painted, eye-catching vessel reminds Londoner’s and visitors alike of the crucial role ships played in the country's wartime survival, and is an unmissable homage to artists' contribution to wartime heritage.
- Family friendly
HMS President (1914)
View the ship from Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, from Victoria Embankment and from the Thames Path on the south side of the river. Nearest National Rail station is Blackfriars. Nearest tubes are Temple and Blackfriars.