TheStairwayRemainsTheSame Posted December 11, 2011 Share Posted December 11, 2011 Last month, Matt from Brain Damage - Pink Floyd News Resource, interviewed Storm Thorgerson, of the British art design group Hipgnosis, about his career and work. Although, a majority of the conversation was about artwork for Pink Floyd, Thorgerson said the following on The Object from Led Zeppelin's 1976 album, Presence. ..... a similar story was for Led Zeppelin's Presence, one of my favourite pieces, I have to say, mostly as I was so surprised that they ever took it. I mean, it's kind of like a piece of kitsch, but not. Anyway, the black object as it became to be know, was painted on the side of a hollow pillar, in black, so if you tapped it, you'd get a response. Underneath it, I cut a hole, the same shape, in the hollow pillar, it was also black because there was no light in the pillar. I was doing this Q&A in Japan, in a different city this time, and my interpreter said there's a man here who's been a fan of Zeppelin for twenty-five years, and is desperate for you to talk about Presence, so I did. So I told him all about Presence, and about what the object meant, and that it was in every walk of life, and I tapped the black thingie, and he nodded his head, and then I put my hand through the hole, and he fell over. It was extraordinary! He was so shocked. And he wouldn't let me put his hand through the hole. He would not let me. His friends were laughing all over the place, and they kept saying to him "Put your hand through the hole". But he would not. Because it was twenty five years of an illusion that he'd just realised was a trick on him too. Because you see it is not an object, it has no moulding, it has no shadow, it's just a funny shaped hole. So Zeppelin don't have to be there, any more than the hole is. Which is why Zeppelin called it Presence, because they don't have to be there. Robert Plant says that Presence was "one of the best bits of synchronicity between sound and picture." I didn't know he thought that. Alva Museum Graphics in New York was contracted to produce 1000 individually numbered 12" tall black "Objects" for Swan Song to use in their promotion of the record. This is the only way and the only time "The Object" was ever released by Swan Song/Atlantic Records. On each side at the base of "The Object" is the following, LED ZEPPELIN, "THE OBJECT" c 1976 SWAN SONG INC, PRESENCE, _#_/1000. Pretty interesting. http://www.led-zeppelin.org/joomla/current-news/1656-storm-thorgerson-comments-on-lzs-presence-object Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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