* 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
Look close—this is not the same image that appears in gatefold sleeve for Hold Your Fire. This is the original, unedited, first-draft version that includes elements that didn’t make the final cut. For instance, a loading bay in the alleyway has several equipment crates sporting the Rush logo. There’s a Dalmatian next to the red fire hydrant. And a shirtless boy with a pair of binoculars leans out of his television-filled apartment. (Hugh flew the stockbroker who posed for his Power Windows cover painting to Los Angeles for a photo shoot.) But this set isn’t actually life-size. Hugh employed Hollywood professional miniaturists to help him build a tiny street that measured five feet wide. The set included scaled-down models of dustbins, lamp posts, and a ’57 Ford. Hugh made a silhouetted black cat by cutting black felt paper and fraying it at the edges to resemble fur. Each brick was hand-painted. A spritzer of mineral spirits made the street look wet.
Next, a character actor was hired to mime the act of juggling. Fireballs were added later.
“We used volleyballs coated in flammable rubber cement,” recalls Hugh. “They were shot outside the studio at dusk so we could isolate the balls and make them look believably airborne in the shot. It was all composited together.”
That was the easy part. The photographs of the actor and the flaming objects had to be superimposed onto a photograph of the miniature set.
The finished image is worth scrutinizing with a jeweler’s eyepiece. In the top right-hand corner, another variation on the album title comes from the Statue of Liberty reflected in window. Note, too, that the clock above the diner is set to 21:12 in military time. There’s also a Thai Shan restaurant. The whole tableau is a delightful panoply for Rush fans.