* 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 image is innately mysterious. A constellation of three globes, suspended in asymmetrical orbit, float above an infrared surface. The artwork’s elementary power stems from the position of the orbs in relation to each other. They imply the invisible shape of an Isosceles triangle—only two of the three sides are equidistant in length. That lack of symmetry gives the composition its tension. One of the balls is perpetually out of sync, tugging at the others with its gravitational pull.
Hugh used a large board of styrene as his canvas. He created the Rush logo in Newtext Extended lettering by hiring a company to vacuum-form 18-inch letters out of styrene.
“We had someone vacuum-form the lettering so that we had inverse lettering that would be de-bossed, as opposed to embossed,” explains Hugh. “We used a fairly lightweight plastic so that the thickness of the plastic was very thin. The plastic gave us the slightly soft corners of the lettering where you get a bit of a highlighted radius when it goes down into the recess of the letters. The flanges at the edge of the plastic letters were then glued to the large styrene board with auto body Bondo filler. The board was sanded with thousand-grit sandpaper. Then the whole thing was taken to a body shop and painted Ferrari red.”
Next, Hugh photographed three billiard balls and added shadows to make the spheres appear to hover over the board’s surface. One final obstacle: The specific Red hue required a special mix of five different colors, including a 200 Pantone Red with a little hint of ultraviolet UV coating, to give it a gloss.
“At first I was unsure about it,” admits Alex Lifeson. “An all-red cover? Will it be powerful enough? But in the whole discography, that one really stands out because of that.”