Det europæiske forår – Book cover, Gyldendal
Kaspar Colling Nielsen’s third novel, Det europæiske forår (The European Spring) takes place in a future of pervasive drones and other dramatic tehnological developments, and the resulting conflicts between the “natural”, traditional and “artificial”, new.
The cover image is a still life in the classic European tradition with the added ingredient of an insect-sized drone, a symbol of the meeting of nature and tecnology. The image is made as a composite of about fifteen source paintings, photos, and drawings that have been merged, cloned, scaled, filtered, and otherwise manipulated to arrive at something that (hopefully) looks like a coherent painting.*
The cover also exists in an extended version as a poster (100 x 95 cm, see below) where much more of the motif is seen, including the foreign element of pills in a blister pack.
Published by Gyldendal, 2017. Edited by Janne Breinholt Bak.
* The main source is Jan Brueghel II’s Still Life with Flowers in a Glass (c. 1625 – c. 1630, oil paint on copper), available for download and use with hundreds of thousands of other searchable, high resolution images from Rijksstudio, the extraordinary online collections of the Rijksmuseum.