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HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies

HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies
HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies, MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider
MUSEUM HR GIGER BAR in Château St. Germain, Gruyères, Switzerland. Image © Richard McMullen / flickr user johnleespider

HR Giger, the Swiss artist and designer who inspired and helped craft the visuals for the Ridley Scott film Alien, has died at the age of 74, The Guardian reports. Although he studied architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger never entered the profession, but used his spatial know-how to help design dark interiors in both the real and cinematic worlds.

Giger was even hired by Alexandar Jodorowsky in 1975 to design the world for an (unrealized) adaptation of the novel Dune. In Giger's words: "My planet was ruled by evil, a place where black magic was practiced, aggressions were let loose, and intemperance and perversion were the order of the day. Just the place for me, in fact." More about Giger's life and work at The Guardian.

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Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "HR Giger, Swiss Architect & Visual Mind Behind "Alien," Dies" 13 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/506023/hr-giger-swiss-architect-and-visual-mind-behind-alien-dies/> ISSN 0719-8884
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