The Smashing Pumpkins’ Zeitgeist Cover

Those silly thieves didn’t get the job done. Sure they got pics of Paris Hilton and Sieg Hailing school kids, but what rehearsal space doesn’t contain those items, ya know? The actual cover was composed by Obey Giant graphic designer Shepard Fairey, the man behind the Andre The Giant street art and Walk The Line’s poster imagery. Said Shepard:

I think global warming is an issue that is currently relevant, time sensitive, and a symptom of the shortsightedness of the U.S. As a broader metaphor, the drowning Statue of Liberty, a revered icon of the U.S., symbolizes the eminent demise of many of the ideals upon which the nation was founded. Civil liberties, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have been decreasing since 9/11. The sun in the image could either be setting or rising and this ambiguity shows that there is still hope to turn things around.

Guess the Grim Reaper at the President’s podium offered a little less ambiguity. Billy Corgan notes that Fairey “used the type font from our very first single, and I asked him about it and he had no idea. He was just on point.” So there you have it: a drowning Lady Liberty and a Sky Red Sky. Fill in the blank: As a graphic designer…