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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

HR Giger's alien visions – in pictures



HR Giger, the Swiss artist whose dramatic 'biomechanical' visions have heavily influenced film and music design, has died. Here, we review his work, from the scary extraterrestrials of the Alien movies, to piercing Debbie Harry album covers and even Giger-themed bars
HR Giger in the 1980s
HR Giger in the 1980s. Photograph: Louie Psihoyos/Corbis
Giger's most famous creation, the design for the Alien in Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien.
Giger's most famous creation, the design for the killer alien in Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. Photograph: Allstar/20th Century Fox
The cover of the 1981 album KooKoo by Debbie Harry, designed by HR Giger.
The cover of the 1981 album KooKoo by Debbie Harry, designed by HR Giger.
The cover of the 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, designed by HR Giger.
The cover of the 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, designed by HR Giger.
H R Giger designing concepts for Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel,  Dune.
HR Giger designing concepts for Alejandro Jodorowsky's unmade adaptation of Dune, Frank Herbert's sci-fi novel. Photograph: Sony Pictures Classics
HR Giger artwork for Alien.
HR Giger artwork for Alien. Photograph: Allstar/20th Century Fox/Sportsphoto Ltd.
HR Giger with fellow best visual effects oscar winners Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, Denys Ayling.
HR Giger, third right, with the actress Farrah Fawcett and fellow winners of the 1980 Academy Awards best visual effects Oscar for Alien, including Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, Denys Ayling. Photograph: ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images
A still from the video for the 2005 song Windowlicker by Aphex Twin. Based on original conceptual art by HR Giger
A still from the video for the 2005 song Windowlicker by Aphex Twin. Original conceptual art by HR Giger.
HR Giger at the entrance to the Giger bar in Chur Switzerland.
HR Giger at the entrance to the Giger Bar, whose design is modelled on his work, in Chur Switzerland. Photograph: Willy Spiller
HR Giger  poses with two of his works at his museum in Chur, Switzerland.
HR Giger poses with two of his works at his museum in Chur, Switzerland. Photograph: Arno Balzarini/AP
Jonathan Davis of Korn performs with a microphone stand designed by HR Giger.
Jonathan Davis, of the rock band Korn, performs with a microphone stand designed by HR Giger. Photograph: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

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