* 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
Compared to working with rabbits for Presto, other Rush album covers were easy!
When Hugh and Neil began conjuring ideas for the album cover, their nascent ideas involved magicians with capes and top hats. It was all a bit too cliché.
“Then we started thinking, well, what if the hat was there and the bunnies just keep coming out of it by themselves?” says Neil. “The bunny in the hat is cool enough already, but then you realize that what’s happening is that bunnies just keep jumping out of this hat.”
Hugh’s first step toward realizing his vision was to construct a bunny slope of sorts at a Los Angeles studio. He also utilized a local movie props company.
“The hill was created in the studio, thanks to a place in Hollywood called Walter Allen Plant Rental,” says Hugh. “They did all the trees and ground cover in every movie you ever saw in L.A. They rent trees, shrubs, cacti, ground cover, etcetera. They had it all. We got the sod. We built a big mound in the studio.”
In came the cages of rented rabbits. Things didn’t go so well. For starters, the stench was unbearable. The animals’ natural behavior was also uncouth. As Neil puts it, “There’s one thing Rabbits are famous for: procreating.”
“A few of these were custom taxidermy rabbits, because we couldn’t keep them all in the shot,” reveals Hugh.
Hugh chose black-and-white bunnies to fit the cover’s monochromatic color.
“The image was shot in color and then desaturated,” says Hugh. “I’d just seen David Lynch’s Elephant Man and that was shot in color and then turned into black and white in the post. That’s why the tonal range is so rich.”