It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating the work of a visionary and here we are again...
Hans Ruedi Giger (1940 - 2014)
He worked on a number of films over the years mostly in creature design applying his signature style of monochromatic airbrushed biomechanical to a variety of costume and set pieces.
One surprising design was his radical reimagining of the Batmobile for the movie Batman Forever (1995) which would have seen Val Kilmer cruising the streets of Gotham in a nightmarish twiglet.
|Batmobile by H.R. Giger|
He worked with many bands creating some pretty iconic album covers, Most famously depicting Debbie Harry on the cover of the album "Koo Koo" and giving Emmerson, Lake and Palmer's "Brain Salad Surgery" and Industrial edge before Nine Inch Nails were a glint in the milkman's eye.
Notoriously the Dead Kennedy's used his painting Landscape #XX as the inner gatefold image for the album "Frankenchrist" and the ensuing obscenity lawsuit almost bankrupted Jello Biafra's label Alternative Tentacles. You can see a high res version of this image on the Rolling Stone website.
My personal favourite Giger artwork is his disturbing Landscape #XVIII one of a series of baby landscapes
|Landscape XVIII - H.R. Giger|
The Giger Museum