An employee of H.R. Giger Museum has confirmed Swiss media reports that Giger, born Hans Rudolf, died in Zurich after sustaining injuries from a fall.
After studying architecture and industrial design in Zurich, Giger expanded his art through ink drawing and polyester works and eventually developed his “biomechanical” style in which he created surrealist images of humans fused with industrial parts. In 1973, Giger designed the album cover for “Brain Salad Surgery” by English rock group Emerson Lake and Palmer, depicting a human skull encased in a machine.
Giger went on to win a visual effects Oscar in 1980 for his work “Alien” and was also known for his sculptures, paintings and furniture. In addition to “Alien,” his Hollywood set designer credits include “Species” and ”Poltergeist II: The Other Side.”
Many of Giger’s works are on display at his eponymous museum, located in a medieval castle in Gruyeres in central Switzerland. The museum opened in 1998 and also houses Giger’s private collection, including works by Salvador Dali.