*Signed Limited Edition of 75 (for each size)
* Framed Giclée Print
*Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
The cover of 2112 appears scalding to the touch. The Star is searing red, like a stove top or a branding iron, and the fact that it’s submerged under water makes it shimmer like a heat haze.
To create the effect, Hugh Syme built a small aquarium out of acrylic and placed it on top of an image of the Star that he’d created on high-contrast Kodalith film. He applied a red gel called rubylith underneath it. Then Hugh set up a strobe underneath a clear table so that its light blasted through the transparency of the star, the layer of gel, and the water of the aquarium.
“We agitated the surface of the water,” says Hugh. “That’s how we achieved that undulating version of the Star.”
The starry night sky in the background of the cover was also handmade. Using a Rapidograph drafting pen, Hugh drew black dots on a big sheet of white paper. He created a negative out of it so that the black dots now appeared to be white stars on black paper. Hugh wanted some of the stars to seem nearby and others to appear distant. To achieve that effect, he combined two photographs of the starry backdrop: one shot with a sharp lens and the other shot with a soft toric lens to create a blurry halation.
One final touch remained. Hugh taped small pieces of CTO filtration film behind certain stars to give them a cyan tint and make them appear planet-like. He then placed his galaxy of blue and white stars on a vertical light table and lit a strobe behind it to create the exposures. The water tank and stars were both shot in-camera, simultaneously.
The color combination of the artwork would become an occasional recurring motif on future covers. “Red, white, black…we have a word for that: ‘Rushian,’” says Neil Peart.