Look What Happens When You Hold David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Album Sleeve Up To Sunlight

Robbie Daw | May 3, 2016 4:53 pm

The Vinyl Factory has revealed, by way of this Reddit user, that if you expose the thin sheet of paper behind the die-cut star on the vinyl sleeve for David Bowie‘s chart-topping final album Blackstar to the sun, a constellation of gold stars eventually appears. Jonathan Barnbrook designed the album art for Blackstar, as well as Bowie’s previous albums Heathen, Reality and The Next Day.

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“This was a man who was facing his own mortality,” Barnbrook said in an interview with Dezeen. “The Blackstar symbol [], rather than writing ‘Blackstar’, has as a sort of finality, a darkness, a simplicity, which is a representation of the music. It’s subsided a bit now, but a lot of people said it was a bullshit cover when it came out, that it took five minutes to design. But I think there is a misunderstanding about the simplicity.”

Did you pick up a vinyl copy of Bowie’s 2016 album? Looks like you’ve got a new trick to try out, if so…once the sun finally comes out again.

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