Legendary Artist H.R. Giger Dies at 74
Legendary artist and friend of the rock and metal world H.R. Giger has passed away at the age of 74. Along with providing special effects, sculptures and set designs for films such as the ‘Alien’ series and ‘Poltergeist,’ Giger worked closely with bands such as Korn, Danzig, Dead Kennedys, Celtic Frost, Carcass + many others.
Born Feb. 5, 1940, Giger lived a life filled with well-deserved accolades. Giger won an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects as a part of the special effects team for ‘Alien.’ The Swiss art icon worked on future ‘Alien’ works, along with ‘Poltergeist II,’ ‘Prometheus’ and the hilarious cult film ‘Killer Condom.’
Giger’s work with rock and metal musicians stands side-by-side with his film work, perhaps most famously designing various custom mic stands for Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. H.R. Giger also created album art for brilliant records such as Carcass’ ‘Heartwork,’ Celtic Frost’s ‘To Mega Therion,’ ‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill,’ Triptykon’s ‘Eparistera Daimones’ + ‘Melana Chasmata,’ and most infamously, Dead Kennedys’ ‘Frankenchrist’ poster insert which led to an obscenity trial against frontman Jello Biafra.
On top of Giger’s contributions to rock and metal artwork, the Swiss icon also designed signature guitars and basses for Ibanez, showcasing his signature cyber-horror style.
Here are just some of the tributes paid to H.R. Giger via Twitter:
Rest in peace, Master H.R. Giger… Your vision, your unbelievable talent and your truly, truly… http://t.co/0x5b8zojeW
— Cristina Scabbia (@MissScabbia) May 13, 2014
Amongst other things, the creator of the best album cover ever! R.i.p H.R Giger http://t.co/8ILYPLL0nG
— Paradise Lost (@OfficialPL) May 13, 2014
H.R. Giger. Legend and icon. RIP.
— Mark Hunter (@chimairamark) May 13, 2014
Sad news… H.R. Giger designed our limited edition Giger range of Ibanez guitars…. http://t.co/pLsn2lHI80
— Ibanez UK (@ibanezuk) May 13, 2014
RIP H.R. Giger creator of the Carcass 'Heartwork' artwork http://t.co/cEHecVRthN
— Earache Records (@EaracheRecords) May 13, 2014
Visionary artist H.R.Giger, whose timeless art graced the covers of albums by Tom Gabriel Fischer's bands Celtic… http://t.co/BMyz8jQ6bl
— Jon Wiederhorn (@LouderThanHell) May 13, 2014
RIP to one of modern art’s most accomplished, beloved + metal as hell figures. Check out some of Giger’s work below:
Jonathan Davis’ Custom Mic Stand
Celtic Frost, ‘To Mega Therion’
‘Danzig III: How the Gods Kill’
H.R. Giger Custom Ibanez Guitars