A legend has passed. Swiss surrealist painter, sculptor and set designer H. R. Giger has died at 74. Famous for his incredible, Academy Award-winning designs for Ridley Scott’s Alien, Giger found international fame for his biomechanical artworks that featured terrifying depictions of human bodies transformed into strange and sexual machines.
Giger took inspiration for his dark, perverse designs from the surrealist art masters, his own dreams (he suffered form night terrors) and the literary works of H.P. Lovecraft. Giger brought his visions to life for the masses when he created the now famous Giger bars in Switzerland. Two bars in New York City and Tokyo were shut down, but an exciting announcement earlier this year suggested that plans were underway for a Giger bar expansion that would bring the establishment back to New York.
Giger’s Alien inspirations were used in Ridley Scott’s latest chapter in the alien franchise, Prometheus. Giger’s influence could be seen throughout the film, and the artist created the extraterrestrial murals in the pyramid structure exclusively for the new movie. Giger’s film contributions are impressive, but he also contributed his work to recording artists like Blondie’s Debbie Harry (seen in the album Koo Koo).
Here's a rare documentary on the artist, courtesy of our friends at Cinephila & Beyond.
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