Muse album sleeve wins art award
Muse's latest album cover has been named the best sleeve of the year.
The image for The Resistance, created by design firm La Boca, topped a poll to find the most striking image of the past 12 months to take the Art Vinyl Award for 2009.
The cover triumphed ahead of runner-up Journal For Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers with its sleeve by artist Jenny Saville.
Third place went to the self-titled debut album by Swedish electronic act Fever Ray.
Last year's winner of the Vinyl Art prize was the first album by US act Fleet Foxes, which was from a 16th century painting by Pieter Bruegel the elder.
Muse's cover features a fantasy image of a silhouetted figure standing on a pathway to earth surrounded by vividly coloured interlocking hexagons.
Andrew Heeps, director of Art Vinyl, said: "This year we've really seen the award grow in stature and it is a great way to celebrate the unsung heroes behind the art and design of some of our favourite bands and artists."
Heeps, whose company creates frames for displaying album sleeves, said striking sleeves added extra value because they were "a piece of collectable art". "Both the majors and indie labels are investing money in really stand-out sleeve art," he added.
Other past winners have included Hard-Fi's Stars Of CCTV and Thom Yorke's The Eraser.
The top sleeves are featured in exhibitions at the Art Vinyl Gallery in London's Selfridges, the Rough Trade East shop in London, Snap Galleries in Birmingham and Georges House Gallery in Folkestone, Kent.