Some sad news today as the Swiss artist and designer of the Xenomorph from Ridley Scott’s Alien franchise, H.R. Giger has died aged 74.
Giger passed away in hospital on Monday 12th May after a fall at his home in Zurich.
After studying architecture and industrial design in Zurich, his design work for Alien, influenced by his painting Necronom IV, earned him an Oscar in 1980 for Visual Effects.
He continued to work in the film industry in pictures including the Alien sequels, Prometheus, Species and Batman Forever although his re-envisioned Batmobile (left) was not used in the film.
As well as being known for his sculpting and set design work, Giger also worked with several musicians designing the album covers for Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery (1973), Debbie Harry’s Koo Koo (1981) and a microphone stand for Korn’s Jonathan Davies.
In June 2013 he was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame with other inductees such as David Bowie and J.R.R. Tolkein.