Pink Floyd Division Bell Stone Heads


Medium: Hand silkscreen in 21 colours on Somerset UK white textured 300gsm
Artist: Storm Thorgerson
Signed By: Storm Thorgerson in pencil
Edition: 295 World Wide
Dimensions: Print size 33" x 25½", Image size 19" x 19", Edition
Condition: New / Mint
Due either to the demands of a new album, a world tour and different album formats, or to massive indecision, or alternately to excellent foresight the album art for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Division Bell’ was executed in two versions - two heads, two covers. Two sets of two statues were therefore constructed, one in metal and one in stone. The same idea and the same implications, but very different shapes. These stone heads were tailored to the material. They were designed more elegantly, less brutal than their metal counterparts. The line and curve were more graceful, more suitable to carving than riveting, comprised of a single entity rather than several elements bolted together.
The stone heads were the size of a two storey house and weighed half a ton. They were transported to a location in a ploughed field in front of a village church near Ely, not far from Cambridge. Photographs were taken for a few days but the location didn’t work. The heads were therefore moved – carried by hand across the earth sodden field to a flatbed truck, and relocated to the same site as their metal sisters. They were erected 50 meters away, but angled slightly, such that the cathedral was visible in the gap seen in the distance between the statues as it was between the metal heads. They were then photographed over several days in freezing January weather in order to capture strong lighting and a dramatic skyscape. This design was used on the UK vinyl, on the cassette, for street posters and in the concert programmes. The album was released in 1994, reached no. 1 in the UK and the US, and has sold over 12 million copies.


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