This week, the 2000 album by Finnish metal band Stratovarius was released as a special edition. The cover by British artist Derek Riggs features golden dolphins jumping though the symbol for infinity. One side of the album displays a pristine, crystal blue ocean. The other shows an ocean spoiled by polution, with what appears to be an oil-soaked sea bird gasping for life and dead fish floating on the surface.
It is impossible not to draw a connection to what is currently happening in the Gulf of Mexico. However, the cover was created a decade ago. The release of the 2010 special edition of the acclaimed album was in the works long before oil began spilling into the Gulf. Riggs' album cover simply makes a stronger impression now that we've seen his illustration come to life.
Derek Riggs is best known for creating Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie the Head. His personal website and online portfolio, including the full poster for Infinite (above), can be seen at derekriggs.com.
Sometimes life does imitate art. Sadly, that often is not a good thing.