The artist Peter Saville has enjoyed enormous success as the designer of striking and at times controversial album covers for bands like Joy Division and Pulp. One of the few graphic designers to become a household name, Saville has gone on to be recognized as a successful artist and maker of editions and multiples. As a founding member of Factory Records in Manchester, Saville has remained uniquely connected to his hometown and even… Read more
About the artwork
This unique piece is a 3-dimensional rendering of the iconic central motif of Joy Division's 1979 album cover—designed by Saville himself who collaborated frequently with the highly influential British post-punk band. The original image for the cover was taken from the Cambridge Encyclopedia for Astronomy and visualized data gathered during researching the formation of black holes, showing, as Saville describes it, the "comparative path demonstration of the frequency of a signal from a pulsar". Originally a 3-dimensional scientific model transformed into a graph-like image for the encyclopedia, this motif has now gone full circle by being turned back into a sculptural object by Saville, each limited edition piece having its own unique color.