Joy Division’s Iconic Album Cover Becomes A Climate Change Mural

‘Unknown Pleasures’ was the band’s iconic debut album

As New Musical Express reports, Peter Saville’s iconic artwork for Joy Division‘s Unknown Pleasures has been turned into a climate mural to raise funds for Music Declares Emergency’s No Music On A Dead Planet.

The cover was originally based on an image of radio waves from pulsar CP 1919, but it now shows the waves as flat and lifeless to “symbolize the eternal silence of a dead planet.”

The online portal notes that the work in Withington, in Manchester is part of a wider campaign calling for “urgent action on climate” ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Conference in Glasgow.

It comes after MDE launched a t-shirt campaign earlier this year with the logo. It has been backed by the likes of Billie Eilish and Foals as well as having shirts designed by Thom Yorke and others.

Commenting previously on the use of the artwork in climate campaigns, Joy Division bassist Peter Hook previously told NME that “the truth of the matter is that the world is [in] terrible trouble now and if we don’t look to address the climate emergency facing the planet immediately then ourselves and all future generations face tremendous problems. If everyone can look to make changes, we could all have a huge impact.”

Music Declares Emergency founder and Savages’ drummer Fay Milton previously said: “There’s such a short period of time to make the changes we need to make, and to make people wake up and realize that there isn’t time for everyone to change everything they do.”

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