“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946)

Alive-nesses: Proposal for Adaption, 2011


—Paint on storage containers —

Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2012
1. Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946) Marker
Inscription. Alive-nesses : Proposal for Adaptation is informed by “dazzle” painting, an anti-range finding maritime camouflage technique used by the military between 1914 and 1945. The term “dazzle” was first used by A.H. Thayer in the book, Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom (1909). There Thayer described natural systems on animal camouflage that break up the biomorphic body, by making it visually indistinguishable from its environment. He referred to these disruptive or high-difference patterns as “razzle dazzle.”

During the First World War, the military emulated these natural camouflage schemes and applied them to warships. Because of the oblique angles and complex geometric shapes, it was difficult for an enemy looking through a periscope to determine the front of the maritime vessel, as well as its speed and direction. In Alive-nesses, the artist has painted disruptive patterns over the surface of large storage containers at a waterfront location that echoes the original maritime application of this military camouflage technique. The patterns reorganize the perceived form of the containers, disorienting the viewer and formalizing the geometric features of the surrounding buildings and construction.

This High Line Art Commission presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York
Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 18, 2012
2. Charles Mary Kubricht (b. 1946) Marker
Alive-nesses : Proposal for Adaptation storage containers in the background.
City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council of the Arts.
Location. 40° 45.139′ N, 74° 0.123′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 30th Street. Touch for map. This marker is located near the (currently) north end, 30th Street entrance to the High Line Elevated Park. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10001, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hudson River Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nero Wolfe (approx. ¼ mile away); Clement Clarke Moore (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1941 · Honor Roll · 1945 (approx. 0.4 miles away); James N. Wells Mansion - 1835 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Nikola Tesla (approx. 0.4 miles away); George Brinton McClellan, Jr (1865-1940) (approx. half a mile away); Chelsea Historic District (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . .
1. That Old Razzle Dazzle - The Economist. IN THE second world war, many Allied ships were painted with dark and light stripes, and other contrasting shapes, making them look a bit like zebra. The idea was to distort an enemy submarine commander’s perception of the ship’s size, shape, range, heading and speed, so as to make it harder to hit with the non-homing torpedoes of the period. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. High Line. The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. (Submitted on July 2, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
Additional keywords. razzle dazzle camouflage
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