At the end of this week the highly popular exhibition of Pink Floyd ephemera and memorabilia – Their Mortal Remains – closes at the V&A museum in London whereupon it will all be dismantled and packed away and shipped off to the next venue for four months.
I’m proud to say that I played a small part in the career of Pink Floyd back from my days working with Po and Storm at Hipgnosis and I’m proud to have played a small part in this exhibition too. My involvement began in 2014 when the exhibition was originally planned to launch in Milan. For umpteen reasons that exhibition never happened and was eventually rescheduled to open on the Floyd’s home turf of Britain.
I produced several pieces of work for the exhibition including the Op Art interior of the Bedford van that opens the show, a tourists’ map of Pink Floyd’s Cambridge, my 1975 cartoon strip of Nick Mason in the Pink Floyd comic, re-drawing some of the pig illustrations for Animals, the motel window for The Wall and recreating a facsimile of the original mechanical artwork for The Dark Side of the Moon. The original artwork had been drawn up by George Hardie and Storm had sold it to a collector many years ago. The owner was reluctant to let go of it even for the exhibition and so Po asked me if I would re-draw it. Based on photographs, I reproduced it exactly as the original, – scuff marks, thumb prints, creased overlays, blots and smudges included.
Like all exhibitions, you open the door at the very end and walk straight into the merchandise shop. Wall-to-wall pink pigs, pyramids and prisms and, appropriately, ‘Money’ blasting out of the sound system. On the rails were t-shirts a-plenty including this one which was their best seller. I designed the original back in 1977 for the then Animals tour. I had in fact designed a pig, a sheep and a dog t-shirt. The pig naturally proved the most popular. Interesting to note that this shirt is in the exhibition selling for £30 – exactly the same amount of money I was paid for the design forty years previously!
Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.