Design company Hipgnosis had many obsessive themes in their work. One recurring theme was the 2D/3D concept, i.e. suggesting a 3D component to an essentially 2D event. Here, Peter is thrusting his hands out of the picture and back onto the photo surface, scratching it into strips.
The photo, by Hipgnosis photographer Peter Christopherson, was taken down town in New York on a cold and windy day, a couple of blocks away from where Peter would later buy an apartment.
“The artwork was done with Hipgnosis. We did this in New York and it was cold and snowy. Storm had the idea of the nails tearing away at the paper of the image.” Peter Gabriel
Hipgnosis simply glued strips of torn paper on to the original monotone image and used Tippex to ‘tart up the joins’. Thirty one years after its creation the original artwork was resurrected from the archives and put into the tender care of master printer Adrian Lack at Senecio Press in Oxfordshire. The resulting giclée prints were then taken to Storm’s house in Hampstead and signed on his dining room table.