Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon artwork proposal by David Hardy 1973. From David Hardy’s book ‘Hardyware, The art of David Hardy.’
As a long time Pink Floyd and David Hardy fan I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Hardy had submitted an artwork proposal for their Dark Side of the Moon album. I don’t remember reading about this in any Pink Floyd biographies. On the other hand, given the band’s dislike of the term ‘space rock’ they were often described as, I can see why it was rejected!
From David Hardy’s book:
'Pink Floyd's management asked Hardy for a design sketch for the band's new album, which then had the working title Eclipse. He showed the group in space, performing on and near an asteroid, with the eclipsed Moon inside the frame of the huge gong they used on stage. On the back of the fold out sleeve was a total solar eclipse. Hardy pointed out that there is no such thing as a permanent ‘dark side of the Moon’, as all parts turn to the Sun during its 28-day rotation. The cover actually used was, as usual for the Floyd, by design group Hipgnosis, and its prism-and-spectrum image has become almost an icon, though, as Hardy says, “I don’t know what it has to do with the dark side of the Moon…” ’ - Chris Morgan from ‘Hardyware, The art of David Hardy’ (2001)