Pretty much everything Mondo, the “collectible art division of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” does is golden. We can agree on that, right? Their posters, t-shirts, video covers, and everything else are always inventive and beautiful. With a theatrical release looming next week, Mondo has turned their attention to Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski’s sci-fi adventure Oblivion. They’ve released two new pieces of artwork for the film from Swedish artist Kilian Eng.
In the first picture, sunset figures prominently in the composition, along with the silhouette of one Tom Cruise and his bubble-shaped craft. This art will serve as the cover of a limited-edition vinyl release of the Oblivion soundtrack, which features French electronic band M83. The double LP will be available from the Mondo website on April 26th.
The second picture is similar in tone and appearance. A stunning image, an aircraft, presumably piloted by Cruise, poking around the leftovers of a ruined Earth at sunset. The colors and shadows and the carcasses of wrecked cargos ships, the remnants of a lost civilization, are remarkable. This is the gatefold image that you will see when you open up the LP.
When Eng was asked about his artwork, he said he wanted “to convey the feeling of a world that was left behind; a place full of traces and remnants of a civilization long gone. An environment that truly makes the person exploring it feel small is a theme I often come back to.” He continues to say that he wanted to achieve this “in a peaceful way.”
He certainly pulls off his aims. Oblivion is the story of a drone repairman (Cruise) who is one of the last remaining humans on Earth. Scouring the ravaged surface for vital resources is a lonely, solitary endeavor, and Eng’s images definitely convey this sense of isolation.
Oblivion opens in IMAX on April 19th.