* Signed Limited Edition of 125
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Image size 36" x 19"
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
This Dyptych edition of the artwork for Moving Pictures reveals that the back and front album cover comprise a triple entendre based on the title.
The Fellini-like album cover was photographed in Toronto on a rainy, cold Sunday.
In the heart of a metropolis, an art museum has closed its doors. Five burly men in red overalls haul three frames out of the gallery. They are moving pictures.
Several passersby in winter coats stop to gawp. A young girl stares at the Coolidge painting, in which a group of dogs sit at a table playing poker. She responds by opening her mouth in a frozen scream. Nearby, an elderly woman standing near the museum entrance takes an unusual interest in “The Starman.” She drops her grocery bag of fresh fruit. Her husband, standing tall with an ushanka on his head, tries to console his wife as she dabs her eyes with a handkerchief. They’ve all been emotionally affected by these moving pictures. They have been moved.
On the back of the album sleeve, we see the same art museum from afar. This time there’s a twist. The five movers in red overalls rest near the steps. The middle-aged woman and her husband saunter nearby. Around them there’s a bustle of activity. In a grand reveal, we see that the dozens of people in hooded parkas and scarves are huddled around an echelon of huge lighting stands, movie cameras on tripods, boom microphones, and folding canvas chairs. It’s the set of a moving picture.
“I’ve always embraced the imagery and wit in Neil’s titles,” says Hugh. “I approached the band with the cover pun, then the idea of the back cover.”
“The cover stands up so strongly,” says Neil Peart. “There was a strongly whimsical approach to this. Yet it’s presented in a very formal, classic way.”