* Signed Limited Edition of 125
* Framed Giclée Print
* Printed on Hahnemühle acid-free paper, using UV tolerant museum-grade inks.
* Image size 29” X 36”
* Hand Signed by the artist, Hugh Syme
The cover concept ties in with the theme of the title track, an existential treatise on fate. “‘Roll the bones’ is actually an old expression that means roll the dice,” says Neil Peart.
In a considerable undertaking that even James Cameron may have marveled at, Hugh Syme hired a carpentry crew to build a water tank in John Scarpati’s studio. At 20 foot, it was far deeper than a backyard swimming pool. The frame was 35 feet wide at the back. Its sides converged in a vortex towards the camera.
“We used heavy duty, black PVC vinyl sheeting and had it electronically seamed. We filled the whole studio with several tons of water, if you can imagine that.”
Above the water tank, a carpenter built a sidewalk frame from lumber and blue board. The waterproof platform was clad in Foamcore, which Hugh hand-painted to make it look like a sidewalk. He even painted watermarks where the water had supposedly dripped. To top it all off, he went outside and unearthed bunches of weeds and grass to place between the cracks he’d painted on the sidewalk.
The wall adjacent to the boy was, however, entirely blank. Utilizing the new innovation of Photoshop, Hugh combined his full-scale set with a miniature model of a wall of dice that he’d distressed with paint and lit to match the mood of the master scene.
“This was the first completely digital photo-composite I’d ever done,” says Hugh. “I built a miniature wall of dice, which ended up being photographed separately. We ended up using rear projection.”
But the boy in the picture is entirely real. He was photographed in-camera walking on the constructed sidewalk. The skull that he punts into the air was later added digitally.
“This is Hugh at the top of his game,” says Geddy Lee. “One of his best covers.”