The Distance to Here

Live-The Distance To Here-Frontal

Cover Artist
Stefan Sagmeister (Art Director), Motoko Hada (Designer/Illustrator)

The Distance to Here is the fourth studio album by the band Live, released in 1999. It debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, selling 138,000 copies in its first week and was certified Platinum on November 19, 1999.


The packaging for the album was created by Stefan Sagmeister and his design team at Sagmeister, Inc. The cover features a contemporary version of a Hindu mandala, reflecting the eastern influences of the lyrics.


  • Art direction: Stefan Sagmeister
  • Design: Motoko Hada
  • Illustration: Motoko Hada
  • Photography: Dan Winters, Danny Clinch
  • Retouching: Radioactive Records

Examples of Hindu mandalas that Inspired the Cover

Maṇḍala (मण्डल) is a Sanskrit word that means "circle". The sacred art of Hinduism and Buddhism often takes a mandala form. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the shape of a T. Although these designs have many names for different religions, origins, and regions, mandala has become a generic term for any geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective.

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