The Original “Alien” Concept Art Is Terrifying

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H.R. Giger’s original designs for Alien are even more chilling than the film.

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1. Legendary artist H.R. Giger died last week, aged 74.

Legendary artist H.R. Giger died last week, aged 74 .
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2. He captured imaginations and haunted dreams with his bio-mechanical visions, drawn from his own nightmares.

He captured imaginations and haunted dreams with his bio-mechanical visions, drawn from his own nightmares.
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3. A prolific artist for over five decades, he’s perhaps best known for his work on sci-fi classic, Alien.

A prolific artist for over fives decades, he's perhaps best known for his work on sci-fi classic, Alien .
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4. Ridley Scott: “Giger’s designs were an especially unique experience for the audience. The world had simply never seen anything like that before.”

Ridley Scott: "Giger's designs were an especially unique experience for the audience. The world had simply never seen anything like that before."
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5. “His work contributed significantly to the success of the film.”

"His work contributed significantly to the success of the film."
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6. H.R Giger: “Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality.”

H.R Giger: "Some people would say my paintings show a future world and maybe they do, but I paint from reality."
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7. “If people want to interpret my work as warnings about too much overpopulation, disease and mechanization in the future, then that is up to them.”

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H.R. Giger / Titan Books

8. “I like to combine human beings, creatures and biomechanics.”

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H.R. Giger / Titan Books

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9. “And I love to work with bones—they are elemental and function and, after all, are part of human beings.”

"And I love to work with bones - they are elemental and function and, after all, are part of human beings."
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10. “Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic…”

"Some people say my work is often depressing and pessimistic..."
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11. “With the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don’t really think it is.”

"With the emphasis on death, blood, overcrowding, strange beings and so on, but I don't really think it is."
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12. “There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it.”

"There is hope and a kind of beauty in there somewhere, if you look for it."
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18. H.R. Giger: “Dutch customs once thought my pictures were photos.”

H.R. Giger: “Dutch customs once thought my pictures were photos."
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19. “Where on earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In Hell, perhaps?”

"Where on earth did they think I could have photographed my subjects? In Hell, perhaps?”
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Images from “The Alien Archive” by Mark Salisbury, released September 5th, 2014, reposted here with permission from H.R. Giger’s estate, and Titan Books.

 

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