Album cover of the week: Origin of Symmetry

In addition to containing one of the greatest Muse tracks ever (“Space Dementia“, in case you had to ask), the 2001 sophomore release Origin of Symmetry sports a cover that is simple and striking.

I couldn’t find a whole lot on this work, other than the artist (William Eager). Included inside the album is a gallery of images that are each reflective of the “origin of symmetry” theme, at least according to Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy. The phrase itself comes from a book called Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku. It’s on my summer reading list but I haven’t gotten around to finishing it yet, so I’ll have to just accept that that little factoid is true.

In any case I’m guessing that Eager’s art was also inspired by that phrase, looking as it does like some alien planet where instead of trees there are giant football goal posts or tuning forks.

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