As revealed earlier this week, ‘Blackstar’ designer Jonathan Barnbrook said that the vinyl sleeve and artwork for Bowie’s final album is packed with more hidden surprises – after some fans found that exposing the art to sunlight unveiled a galaxy of stars.
“There are a lot of other things going on that aren’t completely at the surface, but I do hope people see them – not necessarily straight away,” he said. “There’s actually a few other things as well. This thing of keeping the meaning open, I think is better. There’s one big thing which people haven’t discovered yet. Let’s just say, if people find it, they find it. If they don’t, they don’t.”
Now, fans have found even more tricks and treats hidden within the sleeve. As reported earlier this week, one fan found that after placing the artwork under a UV blacklight, it glows a luminous blue:
You may have heard what happens if you expose it to sunlight. Well, it turns out that if you put the Blackstar LP under a blacklight…. pic.twitter.com/WvDg7xkF8t
— matt (@RobboRobson21) November 13, 2016
Now, as Spin reports, more fans have come forward with discoveries of their own. “Reflecting light off one side of the vinyl at certain angle creates what looks like a star,” said one fan – while another added that “when you reflect light off of side one you get a bird in flight. Side two, a space ship”. Visit here to see photos.
Another fan found that the image of Bowie in the inner cover reflected his presence among the stars on the opposite sleeve, while others have noted that the font on the back is ‘Terminal’ and from the design suite ‘Lazarus’ – which some believe to be a nod to not only the track and musical of the same name, but a reference to how he knew he was terminally ill and this album would be his ‘parting gift’.
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Meanwhile, earlier this week a special tribute concert in memory of David Bowie was announced for his birthday in his birth place of South London. The ‘Heroes’ icon will be celebrated with a unique show at Brixton Academy on Sunday 8 January – led by a host of friends, collaborators, former bandmates and special guests. Each show features a core 30 musicians, teaming up with “40 or more local musicians, to create a sound like no other”. The London edition will be led by David Bowie’s close friend, acting icon Gary Oldman – who featured in his video for ‘The Next Day’ and gave an emotional tribute speech to The Thin White Duke at The BRIT Awards 2016 – along with Lorde and Annie Lennox.