The world has lost a brilliant artist. The Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger has passed away at age 74. The artist was most known for designing the titular creatures in Ridley Scott’s 1979 film, Alien.
Giger’s work on Alien earned him an Oscar for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
He also worked on several other high profile science fiction films such as Poltergeist II and Species. Not to mention his work with Alejandro Jodorowsky’s adaptation of “Dune.” Giger later weren’t on to work on a design for the Batmobile on the third Batman film, Batman Forever. (The design ended up not being used in the film.)
Giger was also well known for his sculptures, paintings, and furniture. He has put many of his works on display at his museum in a medieval castle in Gruyeres, central Switzerland.
“My paintings seem to make the strongest impression on people who are, well, who are crazy,” Giger once said in an 1979 interview with Starlog magazine. “A good many people think as I do. If they like my work they are creative… or they are crazy.”
He truly can never be replaced.