Matt Harvey's beautifully sad artworks show noble failures and sacrifices

Created for his band We Lost The Sea's new album Departure Songs, these works celebrate those whose loss was not in vain.

Sydney-based Matt Harvey's talents include both design and music, and this project sees him persuing both. He's created the artwork for the latest album by post-rock band We Lost The Sea, which he also plays in.

Departure Songs is a concept album, with each song inspired by what Matt describes as "failed, yet epic and honorable journeys or events throughout history where people have done extraordinary things for the greater good of those around them, and the progress of the human race itself". Matt created an artwork for each song.

These range from the men who sacrificed themselves to avoid a greater disaster at Chernobyl to Captain Lawrence Oates's decision to go 'outside' at the South Pole.

The artworks have been collaged into the outside and inside artwork above, and you can pre-order the individual works as prints (shown here) or T-shirts from the band's site.

Thanks to Jenny Theolin for the tip.

>> Read on to see more of the works and discover what inspired them.

Valeri Bezpalov, Alexie Ananenko and Boris Baranov dove into the Chernobyl nuclear reactor to release a valve and prevent an explosion that could have lead to much of Europe being covered in fallout – fully aware that the radiation would kill them. They were buried 10 days later in lead-lined coffins.

This artwork – and the song its based on – is called Bogatyri, afterknights from Ukranian folk tales.

A Gallant Gentleman celebrates Captain Lawrence Oates, who was part of Scott's attempt to reach the South Pole in 1911. Oates contracted gangrene and was slowing down the expedition. His comrades wouldn't leave him behind, so he walked out into the snow with the now-famous words ""I am just going outside and may be some time."

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The Last Dive of David Shaw took place in 2005, after he found the body of another diver while attempting to break a diving record. David died while attempting to reclaim the body, but David's crew were able to bring both bodies to the surface.

The Challenger disaster took the lives of seven people, six astronauts and one civilian.

This work is untitled.

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