‘The Dark Side of the Moon 40th Anniversary’ – A limited edition silkscreen print with embossing, gold leaf, diamond dust and glazes by Storm Thorgerson.
For the 40th anniversary of one of the most successful albums of all time, Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Thorgerson created a special limited-edition silkscreen print. With a composition divided into a 7x7 grid of squares, forty of these squares are variations of the original Dark Side image. The remaining squares are filled with individual letters spelling PINK FLOYD. The majority of images are photographic, creating variations of the prism to reflect the many different facets of Thorgerson’s work. Some of the images are in fact physical installations created using various media including flowers, food, wool, liquid on glass, beads, the human body, buttons, and collage. Other images featured reference the artist’s previous works, and or have been designed in homage to great artists such as Dali, Miro, Lichtenstein and Picasso.
Though ‘The Dark Side of the Moon 40th Anniversary’ is complex and multi-layered, like the original iconic album artwork, it also retains an elegant simplicity in its grid structure. This infinite variety on a single theme is fascinating to examine and is exacerbated by the textural detail. Each individual square in the grid has been given its own finish which vary from gloss or matt glazing, to embossing, gold leaf and diamond dust.
‘The Dark Side of the Moon 40th Anniversary’ was in the final stages of production when Storm Thorgerson died. The print was therefore proofed under Thorgerson’s executive control, and he had discussed with Brad Faine of Coriander Studio what glazes and finishes should be applied to the final edition to complete it. The print has been finished exactly in accordance with his wishes, each copy printed with Storm’s signature. The counter-signing of the print by the directors of StormStudios (Dan Abbott, Peter Curzon and Rupert Truman) confirms its authentication.