H.R. Giger, Creator Of Alien Creature And Metal Album Artworks Dies At 74
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Multiple worldwide news outlets are reporting that Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," and best known in the metal circles as the man who created such iconic artwork that adorned the covers of such classic albums as Celtic Frost's "To Mega Therion" and most recently Triptykon's "Melana Chasmata," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall on Monday, his museum reported Tuesday.
Giger's works often showed macabre scenes of humans and machines fused into hellish hybrids, and the style influenced a generation of movie directors and inspired an enduring fashion for "biomechanical" tattoos.
Giger worked as a set designer for Hollywood, contributing to such hit movies as "Species," 'Poltergeist II," 'Dune," and most famously "Alien," the design of which won the 1979 Academy Award for special effects.
Giger's created his museum when he purchased the Chateau St. Germain in Gruyeres, Switzerland. A sample of albums which contained his artwork can be seen here:
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