Floating art brings history to life from Pier 6

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A new floating artwork is bringing history to life from Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

It took 20 scenic painters six weeks to decorate a 1930s fireboat, using a pattern designed by New York artist Tauba Auerbach, to create the eye-catching "Flow Separation."

First invented in World War I, so-called dazzle ships, while hard to miss with the naked eye, use contrasting colors and unique patterns to confuse the enemy by throwing off their optical equipment.

VIDEO: Public art brings history to Brooklyn Bridge Park

The modern-day dazzle ship was commissioned by the Public Art Fund and British group 14-18 NOW to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I's end.

Public tours on the water begin July 14.

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