* 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
When Neil Peart and Hugh Syme discussed the album title Permanent Waves—a reaction to the “New Wave” of music in the late 1970s—they dreamed up a playful concept. It’s an elaborate visual pun in which a woman from the 1950s blithely strolls away from a tidal wave. “I suggested a woman who looked like actress Donna Reed, with a Toni home permanent hairstyle from that era,” says Hugh.
Photographer Fin Costello shot model Paula Turnbull in a crimped circle skirt. Her image was placed onto a photograph from the 1961 Hurricane Carla in Galveston, Texas, taken by photojournalist Flip Schulke. Compositing the final image from four different negatives involved wearing huge, illuminated magnifying glasses and using a scalpel to cut and paste the girl into the host image.
Another artwork element: An infamous Chicago Tribune headline that assumed that president Truman had lost the 1948 election. Fake news! “We thought, ‘permanent wave’ refers to so many things, like trends and the way news will travel. People can wrongly assume the outcome of certain events in history, like ‘Dewey defeats Truman.’”
At the last minute, The Chicago Tribune denied Rush permission to reproduce its embarrassing newspaper headline gaffe. Another legal snag: Schulke’s original photograph included billboard signs for Coca-Cola and Pearl beer in the background. Hugh layered a white strip over the newspaper headline. He tweaked the sign for Pearl to read ‘Peart’ instead. Then he covered the Coca-Cola sign with a ‘Lifeson’ logo and added Lee’s name in lights, too. Oh, and Hugh cameos in the artwork as the man waving in the background, oblivious to the oblivion behind him.
“That was the first time of injecting clever humor into what we were doing visually,” says Alex Lifeson.