Today, I heard some very bad news. The Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger, died on Monday May 12, 2014 at his home in Zurich, Switzerland. He was 74 years old. Although he undertook many projects, he is most remembered as the man who designed the alien for the Aliens movies. Beginning in 1979 with the release of Alien, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Giger’s work sparked a whole franchise that has only increased in popularity as the years have gone by, and has endured as one of modern popular culture’s most fascinating and most terrifying cult symbols.
Anyone who knows me knows that I am absolutely nuts about the 8-foot tall insect-like “xenomorph”, as it was referred to in Aliens (1986), the second movie in the franchise. I have seen all of the movies, I read the comic books, I collected the action figures, and the first model kit that I ever built and painted was Giger’s alien. I have even been dabbling in a writing project concerning the aliens and their home planet from an evolutionary and biologic viewpoint. So, understandably, the news of Mr. Giger’s death hit me especially hard. I have absolute respect for him as an artist and as nothing short of a creative genious. He created a unique style all his own, and there will never be anyone even remotely close to him in the future.
You can read more about his life and his death here: