Super Expensive BioShock Infinite Artwork, Signed by Creators
The art dealership Cook & Becker have teamed up with Irrational Games to sell artwork based on the studio’s latest title, BioShock Infinite.
The New York Times has referred to BioShock Infinite as “a literary endeavor for the multimedia age”, and they certainly aren’t kidding. Not unlike the original BioShock, Infinite is a rare breed of game, and one that sets itself apart from all of the rest (or at least the rest of the triple-A titles in the industry) by offering a setting that’s well within the borders of the fantastic, outside of the norm—including any Tolkien-’inspired’ settings that exude mediocrity.
Cook & Becker describe the game as “a mainstream work of art crafted by a huge team of very talented people but still carrying the clear signature of an auteur. In this case that of creative director Ken Levine.”
The dealership goes on to state that Levine’s broad interests in things like American history, pop culture and recent events like the ‘Occupy’ movement have shaped BioShock Infinite. Like his interests, the game explores themes of historic revisionism, racism, politics, and religion in a ways both brave and interesting.
The creativity of BioShock Infinite is without bounds, and it comes as no surprise that in addition to its own creative setting, the game has managed to inspire artists to create expressions of their own—many of which we chronicled in a previous feature, wherein we showcase the artistic expressions of artists, craftmakers, and cosplayers.
In spite of the fact that the freedom offered by the game is marred somewhat by the lack of tools to allow players to freeze time or enable free-look, screenshot photographers like jim2point0 have been able to create high quality screenshots—on par even with the ones sold by Cook & Becker.
These hand-numbered limited edition prints (or giclée) are made from super high-resolution in-game renders, each of which is signed by series creator Ken Levine, the game’s artist, and master painter. Each print costs $250 to $550, and that’s just for the unframed ones. If you want them framed up, you’ll have to pay even more for the process, which involves dibonding with liquid gloss. The framed artwork can cost upwards of $1,500.
Be sure to click through this flickr gallery of images for their full resolution versions, which are big enough to serve as wallpapers for your desktop. Here’s everything they have to offer.
Cook & Becker isn’t new to video games, as the dealership previously offered artwork and prints of other games including the Mass Effect series, Mirror’s Edge, and Killzone. If you think you can afford the price tag, just head over to the BioShock Infinite section on their website to make your purchase.