* Signed Limited Edition of 125
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Image size 36” X 18”
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
To create the cover of Hemispheres, Hugh Syme strode into the medical department of the University of Toronto and asked if, by chance, they had a spare brain he could photograph.
Hugh envisaged an image in which two men regard each other warily from opposite sides (hemispheres) of a floating brain. Actually, they aren’t men at all: They’re the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus. And they have a somewhat different sensibility when it comes to sartorial matters. It’s a riff on the opening track of Hemispheres in which Neil Peart’s lyric describes a legendary dispute between the two deities. It’s an allegory for the eternal conflict between the head and the heart. Or, to be more anatomically accurate, the left brain and the right brain. “I sent Hugh the lyrics and he extrapolated his own interpretation of the Apollo/Dionysus dichotomy,” says Neil.
The University of Toronto offered Hugh a brain in a jar of formaldehyde. Hugh recoiled.
“I didn’t want to take this gelatinous blancmange thing out and shoot it.’ I didn’t want to shoot it through glass, either,” says Hugh.
Fortunately, the medical department had a model of a brain on hand, too.
A Toronto-based ballet dancer posed naked as Dionysus, who represents right-brain creative types. His pose represents primal unity with nature and, in keeping with the Greek legend, a measure of foolishness. By contrast, Apollo is dressed like an archetypal businessman to represent those with left-brain proclivities. (Bob King, who previously posed as the “Starman” for the cover of 2112, posed as Apollo. It was easier to persuade him since he didn’t have to take-off his clothes this time.)
There’s a tension in the image as the two gods stand in opposition to each other. Hugh’s surrealist concept, inspired by the images of Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, captures the album’s lofty ambition and otherworldly sounds.