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H.R. Giger is dead at 74

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H.R. Giger was a visionary who contributed works of art that could be described as biomechanical, surreal, hellish, beautiful, and jarring. His designs of the biomechanical human – usually a human form fused with a machine – are striking among his “Alien” sculptures and paintings and gave Giger the notoriety he deserved in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.

On the side of his famous design for Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror film,“Alien,” his designs were also on the sets of “Dune,” “Batman Forever,” and “Prometheus.” Giger’s distinctive style was influenced by Salvador Dali, who he eventually met and who was almost involved in the movie “Dune.” Though the two artists seem to have different styles, both were certainly ahead of their time and were revolutionary in their thought processes.

Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic, with the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is. There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it."

The revolutionary Giger will always be remembered as the biomechanical surrealist, leaving fans to wonder if he had gone into the next realm in biomechanical form.

Some of Giger’s work can be found online at www.morpheusgallery.com and www.hrgigermuseum.com.

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