A retrospective on the music, design and stage-sets of iconic rock band Pink Floyd immersed London's Victoria and Albert museum in neon lights and bizarre objects, as witnessed by an epa photographer on Tuesday.
"Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains" gathers over 350 objects that take viewers on an audio-visual journey through the band's history from its start in the 1960s to today, marking the 50th anniversary of their first single "Arnold Layne."
Bluetooth headphones playing the band's hits are available, providing an immersive musical backdrop as audiences seemingly glide over a glimmering black floor through dark rooms illuminated by neon lights that shine on objects from their most epoch-defining album covers and live performances.
Walk through the rooms and you will be met with a series of brightly-colored images emerging from the gloom _ a man shakes hands with another who is on fire on the album cover of "Wish You Were Here," mannequins covered in lightbulbs sit pensively in front of a round screen playing the "Learning to Fly" music video, the "I hate Pink Floyd" t-shirt worn by John Lydon, alias Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols fame.
The world briefly goes grayscale at a section on photography, where black-and-white pictures of the band on their 1973 "The Dark Side of the Moon" North American tour are neatly hung on a gray wall.
Meanwhile, a giant inflatable puppet of a teacher, used during co-founder Roger Waters' "The Wall Live" tour, hunkers ominously over a doorway daring viewers to continue their journey.
Some sections are more reminiscent of a traditional exhibition, such as a display of instruments used by band members throughout the years, which features drums, synthesizers and guitars precariously stacked on metal shelves.
The exhibition also features previously unseen concert footage and culminates in a custom-designed laser light show that, with the help of top-tier surround-sound technology, promises to make viewers feel like they have been transported to the 2005 Pink Floyd reunion show in Hyde Park, London _ the first time the remaining members had performed together in 24 years.
The retrospective, bolstered by the success of a similar event at the V&A last year dedicated to David Bowie, is to run from May 13 to Oct. 1.