H.R. Giger, the artist behind some of the most fantastically disturbing art of the 21st century, has died. Giger won an Oscar for the design of the Alien that Sigourney Weaver faces down in Ridley Scott's "Alien," which was inspired by his painting "Necronom IV."
The surrealist artist was known for his biomechanical designs that fused humans and machines in strange and weirdly erotic ways, as you can see from his cover art for Debbie Harry's album "Koo Koo" and Danzig's "Danzig III: How the Gods Kill." In addition to designs for movies like "Poltergeist II" and "Aliens 3," Giger also contributed designs and concepts for Alejandro Jodorowsky unfinished adaptation of "Dune," as shown in the recent documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune."
There are currently two Giger bars in Switzerland, which are described as "immersive art" experiences designed by the artist himself, as well as a museum in Gruyères, Switzerland. There is also a plan to open a Giger bar somewhere in the US in the near future. His artwork and designs inspired by his art adorn the bodies of countless tattoo enthusiasts around the world.
Get up close and personal with Giger's Xenomorph in this behind-the-scenes doc about "Alien."
Giger was 74.
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