You’ve seen the artwork thousands of times and probably never knew what it was or where it came from. The iconic Peter Saville image that has been plastered onto the shirts of many consumers in recent years has been reworked into a mural, intending to address climate change.
The design was originally based on an image of radio waves from a pulsar and was used as the cover art for Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” in 1979. The Factory Records co-founder redesigned his own work to show the waves as flat and lifeless to symbolize the “eternal silence of a dead planet,” according to the climate activist group Music Declares Emergency (MDE).
The phrases “No Music” and “On A Dead Planet” are marked under the reworked image.
Saville teamed up with MDE to recreate the iconic artwork into a mural in Manchester to raise funds for the activist group and to warn about the dangers of climate change. MDE also launched a t-shirt campaign with the logo earlier this year.
“The truth of the matter is that the world is terrible trouble now and if we don’t look to address the climate emergency facing the planet immediately then ourselves and all future generations face tremendous problems,” Joy Division bassist, Peter Hook, told NME. “If everyone can look to make changes, we could all have a huge impact.”
MDE also teamed up with The 1975 recently and has been supported by Billie Eilish, Foals and Thom Yorke.
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