No further information was given if Giger will be buried in a scary techno-phalic coffin.
Cultural/generational reference point: I wonder how many people here had their first exposure to Giger from this?
[And, come to think of it, how many would admit to it?]
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Dedicated to an amazing artist whose futuristic work will ironically influence others well into the future.
My nightmares will never be the same…
Giger, Moebius, Syd Mead. Our present world and visions of the future would not be the same without them.
I would admit it. I fucking loved Giger. I don’t care. I said it.
Oh, me too - to be honest I was thinking of the music. So much of the stuff I used to love [early Monty Python, anyone?] seems to mix still-awesome with embarrassingly appalling.
That said, I’ve just listened to that link for the first time in I don’t know how long, and it’s still closer to awesome, though I seem to have changed my mind about which bits were awesome and which tended towards crap. (Whatever next, Grateful Dead?)
I love that album. I think I’m going to listen to it today in honor of Giger’s passing…
Farewell to a brilliant artist and dark visionary. And thank you for not just posting a photo of his Alien design; these are terrific examples of his work and freaked me out in the best possible way as a teenager. I’m especially glad to see the photo of him wearing his safety-pin sunglasses, which are described in depth in the early Taschen book I bought as a teen but, weirdly, not shown.
His first film work that wasn’t
This is terribly sad news…
Also, I think today is the first time I’ve ever seen a picture of Giger himself… that’s kind of odd.
It wouldn’t surprise me if his dying wish was to have his ashes fired from a penis-gun loaded with bullets shaped like alien fetuses.
I’ll always remember Giger as the man who mined the unimaginable depths.
Sometimes, when nearing unconsciousness of whatever sort, I’ll catch a glimpse of this one.
Well, Python is basically mainstream now - I stopped referencing it when I realized that everyone was already in on the joke - it was tired (still brilliant). Now, ELP…I am pretty sure that the kids today have no idea who they are. I actually didn’t start listening them until late in life (around 17-18 - 1980 or so) so I had already been exposed to Giger through being a general weirdo.
Quite apart from his design of the creature from “Alien,” I’ll always be grateful for the alien derelict that appears earlier in the film, which really looks like it had been built by beings inhabiting a completely different perceptual universe from ours. Creepy, uncanny, and wonderful.
My wife was greatly disappointed that he had simply fallen down the stairs. She was really expecting that he’d had his head eaten by an alien.
Either way, safe travels, Hans. Thanks for your dark and iconic vision.