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Dazzle Dunes

Elizabeth McTaggart

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Borlänge - Sweden

Very beautiful and original image Elizabeth!

North Platte, NE - United States

Wonderful! Will have to check out the music that inspired it. :-)

Woodbridge, VA - United States

Mystical quality.

Bridgend, Wa - United Kingdom


North Bergen, NJ - United States

Gorgeous Image, Wonderful Colors!

New Brunswick, NJ - United States

Beautiful presentation

Stamford, CT - United States

Lovely work! v

Nalcrest, FL - United States

Great work!

Rochester, NY - United States

Great colors and patterns!

Cedar Rapids, IA - United States

Woah cool! Very Neat image!! L!

Hemet, CA - United States

Wonderful Elizabeth!

Belmont, NH - United States

Sooo Awesome!

Kelseyville, CA - United States

How cool is this!

Lethbridge, AB - Canada

Great work!

Vermilion Bay, ON - Canada


Belmont, NH - United States


Juneau, AK - United States

Stunning work!

Kemptville, ON - Canada

Love the color abstract. You have to look closer to realize that there is mathematical form in this piece.

Kersey, CO - United States

Beautiful work! Don't know about anyone else, but I see patterns of whales. Love it!

Enköping - Sweden

nice colour and pattern

Quincy, IL - United States

Fantastic! LF

Haddam, CT - United States

Very unique, such rich color.

Selah, Wa - United States

Cool collage!

Edmonton, AB - Canada

Lovely work Elizabeth f/v

Sarasota, Fl - United States

beautiful colors

Rogersville, MO - United States

great work! v

Rochester, Ne - United States

Well done!!!

Southampton, Ha - United Kingdom


Ellijay, GA - United States

Wow, very different the greens and angles

Stroud, Gl - United Kingdom

Ooooh, this is gorgeous. v/f

Gardendale, TX - United States

Really interesting.

Sykesville, MD - United States

Gorgeous digital art. L.

Orlando, FL - United States

this is very cool

Lakeland, FL - United States

Very nice!

Toronto, ON - Canada

Splendid work.

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Rehoboth, MA - United States

Well done

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Fort Myers, FL - United States

Simply gorgeous.

Linköping, Os - Sweden

Great abstract! v

Fredericksburg, VA - United States

Beautiful abstract image!! Love all the shapes and verdant greens of this artwork!!

Hartlepool - United Kingdom

Nice work! v

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Dazzle Dunes

Dazzle Dunes is a personal tribute to "Dazzle Ships" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)... an album that was very experimental and almost a complete departure from their previous albums. When it was released in 1983, it was much hated by my circle of friends who loved their previous work. I just couldn't believe the reaction because I thought it was absolutely BRILLIANT! Three favorite tracks (of the many) are "Genetic Engineering", "Silent Running" and "Time Zones". This album remains one of my top 10 faves of all time. eam


Here's what Wiki says about Dazzle Ships (the album):......

Dazzle Ships is the fourth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), released in 1983. The title and cover art (designed by Peter Saville) alluded to a painting by Vorticist artist Edward Wadsworth based on dazzle camouflage. The painting, Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool, is in the collection of the National Art Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada.

Dazzle Ships was the follow-up release to the band's hugely successful Architecture & Morality. OMD, then at their peak of popularity, opted for a major departure in sound on the record, shunning any commercial obligation to record "Architecture & Morality number two". The album is noted for its highly experimental content, particularly musique concrète sound collages, utilizing shortwave radio recordings to explore Cold War and Eastern Bloc themes.

In contrast with its predecessor, Dazzle Ships met with a degree of critical and commercial hostility, but has gone on to be retrospectively hailed by critics as a "masterpiece" and a "lost classic" within popular music. The record has also been championed, and cited as an influence, by several modern artists.

Released: 04/03/1983
Produced by: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Rhett Davies
Recorded: In 1982 at The Gramophone Suite Gallery Studio Mayfair Studio
Label: Telegraph (Virgin)


The Dazzle in Dazzle Ships explained:...

Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other.

Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works not by offering concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing.

Dazzle was adopted by the British Admiralty and the U.S. Navy with little evaluation. Each ship's dazzle pattern was unique to avoid making classes of ships instantly recognizable to the enemy. The result was that a profusion of dazzle schemes was tried, and the evidence for their success was at best mixed. So many factors were involved that it was impossible to determine which were important, and whether any of the colour schemes were effective.


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