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R.I.P “Alien” Designer And Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger

The influential artist and master of monsters has died in Zurich.

R.I.P “Alien” Designer And Surrealist Artist H.R. Giger

If you’re a child of the 1980s, your cinematic visions of terror likely feature the razor-jawed, poison-dripping mouth of Ridley Scott’s xenomorph alien. The iconic creation was one of many pop culture milestones created or influenced by Swiss-born artist H.R. Giger, who has died, reportedly, after sustaining injuries in a fall. Scott’s alien was based on Necronom IV, a print by Giger, who won a special effects Oscar for the movie in 1980. Giger, who also worked on Poltergeist 2, Alien 3 and Species, became famous for his “biomechanical” artwork, which fused the human and the machine, often in dark, sexually explicit ways. His influence on pop culture spanned from era-defining punk rock albums (his Work 219: Landscape XX infamously graced the cover of The Dead Kennedys’ Frankenchrist) to video games (Dark Seed was based on his artwork).

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The Museum H.R. Giger in Gruyeres, Switzerland, has his collection of work on display.


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Jennifer Miller is the author of The Year of the Gadfly (Harcourt, 2012) and Inheriting The Holy Land (Ballantine, 2005). She's a regular contributor to Co.Create.

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