Oscar-winning movie set designer Giger dies at 74
Artist HR Giger, who created the Oscar-winning designs for sci-fi movie classic Alien and also many striking record sleeves, has died at the age of 74.
The Swiss designer – often fusing human bodies with machinery in his more nightmarish imagery – created artwork for acts such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Dead Kennedys and Debbie Harry.
He was best known for his unsettling creations as set designer for Ridley Scott's 1979 film, including the spaceships and the sinister alien which wreaked havoc on the crew of the Nostromo. He shared in the Oscar awarded for the film's visual effects
Giger died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered in a fall.
His album art for El-P's Brain Salad Surgery and Harry's solo album Koo Koo – in which skewers appear to pierce the singer's face – featured in a Rolling Stone list of the top 100 album covers of all time. As well as Alien, he worked on movies such as Species, Poltergeist II and Dune.