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Creator of classic Alien design, H.R. Giger, has passed away at age 74

05.13.2014

Sandra Mivelaz, administrator at the H.R. Giger museum in Gruyeres, Switzerland, informed the associated press that artist H.R. Giger died in a hospital on Monday at age 74, due to injuries suffered in a fall.  The artist was famous for mixing man and machine in his work, and had a visual style that was instantly recognizable.  No small feat, considering the field he worked in.  He eventually worked on several album covers (Brain Salad Surgery for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, and Koo Koo for Debbie Harry), as well as contributing his unique artistic style to the world of film.

The man contributed to the likes of POLTERGEIST II and SPECIES, but it was his conceptual design of the alien in Ridley Scott's ALIEN that not only launched the fear factor up to dizzying heights, but also embedded in the minds of moviegoers a monster that you coud not just put away.  I wholeheartedly believe this was key in the film's success (the movie won the Academy Award for Best Special Effects), and the reason why film studios are still pushing for Alien sequels to be made, more than 30 years after the source material hit cinemas.  Original design elements from H.R. Giger were more recently used in Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS as well.  Regardless of how you feel about the end result, the design felt authentic.

I think we all want to leave some mark on this world, and Giger's mark was big enough to implant itself in dreams and nightmares for years to come. I'd like to think Giger would be okay with that. I certainly am.

Extra Tidbit: Did you know that H.R. Giger suffered from night terrors? He kept an artist's pad near his bed to draw out his nightmares, and much like how the Terminator was born through a nightmare of James Cameron's, the Alien was born through a nightmare of Giger's.
Source: ABC

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10:49PM on 05/13/2014
Very sad day for me. My favorite artist of all time. His work was always an inspiration for me. Beautiful, sexual nightmares that tap into more than just the visual sense. His art has played an integral part in the artistic direction of my own life, and he will live forever through his unique works that have inspired many. RIP Mr Giger.....
Very sad day for me. My favorite artist of all time. His work was always an inspiration for me. Beautiful, sexual nightmares that tap into more than just the visual sense. His art has played an integral part in the artistic direction of my own life, and he will live forever through his unique works that have inspired many. RIP Mr Giger.....
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6:39PM on 05/13/2014

My favorite artist

The world is less without him in it.
The world is less without him in it.
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6:00PM on 05/13/2014
his art was one of a kind R.I.P
his art was one of a kind R.I.P
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3:59PM on 05/13/2014
Sad, but the 70's are still kind of young.
I flipped through an art book of his. It was interesting to say the least.
Sad, but the 70's are still kind of young.
I flipped through an art book of his. It was interesting to say the least.
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2:15PM on 05/13/2014
Sad to hear of Giger's passing. Seriously talented guy and massively influential of course.
Sad to hear of Giger's passing. Seriously talented guy and massively influential of course.
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1:35PM on 05/13/2014
Just like Stan Winston the man is a legend
Just like Stan Winston the man is a legend
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12:12PM on 05/13/2014
RIP Mr. Giger. Your design of 'Alien' today is still terrifying and as brilliant as it was back then.
RIP Mr. Giger. Your design of 'Alien' today is still terrifying and as brilliant as it was back then.
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12:02PM on 05/13/2014
May phallic monsters sing thee to thy rest. He may have had some weird ideas but they were as brilliant, iconic and effectively terrifying as they were strange. RIP.
May phallic monsters sing thee to thy rest. He may have had some weird ideas but they were as brilliant, iconic and effectively terrifying as they were strange. RIP.
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11:43AM on 05/13/2014
Rest in peace, Mr. Giger. Your works are tremendous. It's hard to imagine what Alien would look like if it wasn't for you. Rest in peace, sir.
Rest in peace, Mr. Giger. Your works are tremendous. It's hard to imagine what Alien would look like if it wasn't for you. Rest in peace, sir.
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