Doing It for the Art: The story behind the cover of The Nice's Elegy is a prime example. While listening to an advance copy of the album, Storm Thorgerson had a mental image of a desert scene covered with plastic red footballs. He and Aubrey Powell actually went to the Sahara to shoot it. To quote an anonymous poster at Album Art Photos:
"[Hipgnosis] had to take these balls to the Sahara, inflate them, place then on sand dunes as far as the eye can see, repeat this because of the winds moving the balls, remove the footprints as best they could, then take the photo. No CGI. A lot of hard work, but an iconic image."