The Smashing Pumpkins have unveiled the cover artwork for their forthcoming LP, Zeitgeist. Love the imagine of the Statue of Liberty drowing underneath a red sky. Not sure what it has to do with the album, but it’s a cool imagine nonetheless.
It was composed by Obey Giant graphic designer Frank Shepard Fairey, who is also the guy behind the Andre the Giant street art and the Walk the Line one-sheet. Stereogum has gotten some info from Fairey on the artwork.
I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the U.S. As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the U.S., symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around.
Riiight. Well, some feel Fairy hasn’t been relevant for sometime and I’m guessing they feel the same way about The Smashing Pumpkins.
Zeitgeist hits stores on 7.10.07