Friday, November 9, 2007

the dark, dark world of h.r. giger

Do you know H.R. Giger, the creator of the most famous alien in Hollywood? His slimy, egg-laying monster (below) in the 1979 Sigourney Weaver sci-fi flick is the most ingenious and horrifying one I've seen so far.


Do you know that he also designed the cover of Debbie Harry's 'Kookoo' CD (left), producing an image so psychologically perturbing that it was banned from London's Underground years ago? In Japan, her single from this album made use of a less unnerving picture on its sleeve.

Have you heard of the magnificently macabre Giger Bars that he conceived and built in Switzerland? Spine-like buttresses, skull-encrusted furniture, and warped biomorphic shapes adorn their dim interiors. Just look at the pictures I've posted here – you can almost imagine the walls begin to move. (Right: That's Giger at the door of his bar in Chur, Switzerland.)



I'm quite sure that creatives all over the world have seen some form of his multi-faceted art. After all, Giger has dabbled in film, painting, sculpture, illustration, architecture, interior design, furniture design, graphic design and jewelry design. He even fashioned a special microphone stand for Jonathan Davis, lead singer of the rock band, Korn (below)!

Technically taut. Psychologically profound. Giger art is the best kind of art, if you ask me. :-)

The White Giger Artist Bearbrick (top) is part of Series 12. There is a black version, fyi.

(H.R. Giger pics/info from www.hrgiger.com.)

8 comments:

warrior scout said...

i'm always astounded, refreshingly so, at the variety of acoutriment that is applied to your hobby of hearts. i really love visiting, 'cuz i always learn something.

McDreamer said...

ang galing! but creepy actually...

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Warrior Scout, blogging has paved the way for me to learn new things, too. Thanks for your nice comment! :-)

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Mcdreamer, you're right – I wonder what inspired him to create those dark but awesome artworks... he must have read a lot of creepy comic books when he was a kid... :-)

joey said...

Oh wow! HR Giger!!! My brother loves him :) I went to his musuem in Gruyere...mostly to tell my brother about it, but I was totally floored. Gruyere is a tiny Swiss town and to have this fantastical place smack-dab in it's center is very surreal. I still remember walking around the museum by myself...at times really, truly freaked out! What an experience! :) Galing talaga bearbricks for making this one...

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Joey, that museum in Gruyere houses one of the bars, right? What a spooky fun it must have been for you! :-)

Carrie said...

Awesome! Awesome! I love poking around here. You always have the coolest stuff.

On another note, Discover Taipei has just posted an interesting article on the vinyl toy industry here in Taiwan. Be@rbricks were featured. This is the first I've heard of them in Taiwan. I'm on my way to check out a new store next week.

Bearbrick Lover: said...

Carrie, I know that there is an annual (?) Taipei Toy Festival where some commemorative Be@rbricks are launched. I am jealous because there are no such festivals in our country... The vinyl toy culture here is at a very early stage. :-)