Props, sets, costumes and other production paraphernalia… part 2

In Part 2 of our look at iconic props in storage we get all big-headed. The heads from Pink Floyd’s Division Bell album cover to be exact…

Pink Floyd’s 1994 album – The Division Bell – was a commercial success, but critically a slow burner.  The mixed reaction from critics was coupled with a degree of skepticism from die-hard Pink Floyd purists that ‘It wasn’t really Floyd’ (Roger Waters had acrimoniously quit the band almost 10 years earlier) resulting in the album initially getting a ‘not-equal to its predecessors’ reputation.

More unanimous was the agreement that the album cover – designed again by Storm Thorgerson – was another classic.
It featured two huge heads facing each other, photographed in a field near Ely in Cambridgeshire.

But what happened to the heads?

Apparently there was more than one pair of heads – used on different artwork for different forms of recording.
The original ‘Metal heads’ which went to the field near Ely now reside in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.  They were installed in 2002.

A second, smaller set were snapped by a sharp eyed fan in 2008… residing near a skip at the rear of EMI’s studios .
We really hope they made it back inside – or into storage… and aren’t slowly rotting in a near-london landfill.