As Rush ‘s art director since 1975, Hugh Syme designed some of the prog-rock band’s signature images: the glowing Red Star of the Solar Federation that adorns 2112 , the visual puns of Moving Pictures , the scene of cheerful destruction on Permanent Waves .
But in retrospect, he isn’t completely satisfied with his work on Caress of Steel , the first of their numerous collaborations. Mostly, he says, because the record company made some last-minute alterations to his image, which shows a wizard-like character flanked by a coiled snake and mysterious triangle.
“I was a huge [M.C. Escher] fan,” Syme […]