Limited edition of 500
The Physical Graffiti limited edition archival inkjet print was produced in an edition of 500 under the supervision of Aubrey Powell. Once he and Storm Thorgerson began pulling together original artwork for Hipgnosis designed album covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, the project widened to include significant designs for Led Zeppelin by other artists, including this by Peter Corriston. Led Zeppelin's biggest album, Physical Graffiti, was originally designed to be the debut release on the Swan Song label but the elaborate cover art, featuring a New York City tenement with interchangeable images visible through the building's die-cut windows, forced a delay. Artist Peter Corriston worked with designer Mike Doud to convince Led Zeppelin manager, Peter Grant, that the cover art idea was a good one. The sleeve design was heavily influenced by Jose Feliciano's album, Compartments. An eclectic gallery of celebrities and icons inhabit the building and they can be spied through the windows. Amongst the tenants therein are Lee Harvey Oswald, Neil Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Atlas, Queen Elizabeth, Dante Gabriel Rossetti's portrait of Proserpine, the Virgin Mary and Laurel and Hardy. The edition was printed in archival pigment inks and each print is signed and numbered by Peter Corriston at his studio outside of New York.
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