The designer of the xenomorph from the Alien franchise passed away earlier today.
Source: Washington Post
H.R. Giger, the Swiss surrealist artist most famously known for designing the famed Xenomorph from Alien, passed away this morning. He died after sustaining injuries from a fall at the age of 72.
Giger's surrealist artwork was dark and nightmarish, and was heavily influenced by earlier surrealist artists such as Dali. He often drew, sculpted and designed freakish landscapes and bizarre creatures, much of which is at display at the H.R. Giger museum in Switzerland. Many later science fiction writers and artists often hail Giger as an influence on their work.
Giger won an Oscar for his visual design work on Alien, and provided designs for a number of other movies, including an unused design for the Batmobile in Batman Forever. He also provided artwork for a number of metal music albums, and designed set pieces for Korn and Mylene Farmer.
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