This beautiful print is an eight-colour silk screen on 270gsm acid-free paper, stamped with the printers emboss and signed by Stanley Donwood. Donwood was influenced by a novel called 'The Crystal World' by JG Ballard for this artwork for the 2013 Glastonbury Festival.
The novel itself is quite dark, a strange tale set in West Africa where a stilled sky broods over a jungle which is inexplicably transforming into a jewelled infection. Madmen and lepers move through this bizarre world, succumbing to the scintillating contagion as it crystallises everything. I'm haunted by this idea of transformation, and wanted to take the beauty of the idea, separate it from its more macabre connotations and invoke the vision of a bejewellment descending from the heavens to the Vale of Avalon, where Glastonbury Tor stands silhouetted against a rising sun., Stanley Donwood