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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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1. 987654321 writes:

Sad news. One of my fav artists.

RIP G...

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2. Rex_84 writes:

Sad news indeed. That man was quite the visionary.

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3. Borntomosh writes:

RIP. A truly creative mind and unique human being.

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4. spiral_architect writes:

SAD NEWS. EVEN IF H.R. GIGER NEVER CREATED AN ALBUM COVER, HE'D STILL BE CONSIDERED METAL. HORNS UP.

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5. c. writes:

Also the mic stand and guitar he created for Jonathan davis is pretty rad

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6. Brandt Hardin writes:

Fusing the erotic, gothic and surreal Giger was an art movement unto himself. He inspired me from an early age with his fantastic dreamscapes and esoteric imagery. I was compelled to illustrate a tribute to him this week drawing imagery from his own works including Alien and the Birthing Machine at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-memoriam-hr-giger.html . Drop by and share how his artwork opened your own mind!

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7. CorpusUpir writes:

Dude this sucks one of the most original artist in years and one of my two favorite artist the other being Dali. RIP you magician of art

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8. wilco writes:

sad news a real awesome artist

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