A Giger painting of the derelict and a congruent return to even older and natural forms.

H.R. Giger’s painting of the derelict as commissioned by Ridley Scott.

Reading the The Making of Alien Book I came across an excerpt I thought was interesting.

“Ridley asked me if I could design a spaceship not made by human beings,” Giger said. “Well, how do you do that? I thought maybe it might look organic — something that could grow, even, like a plant — but I didn’t know what it could look like.”

Then early one morning when I couldn’t sleep, I got up and started painting…. It ended up like an aerodynamic bone with little technical stuff all over it, but it wasn’t really anything I had planned — it just ran out of my mind and my airbrush. Often I try to switch off my thoughts as much as possible and let the paint flow out spontaneously from my subconscious mind.”

Giger’s earlier remarks got me thinking about a passage in David’s drawings concerning their technology. What David theorized when cataloguing Planet 4/Paradise makes me think the Engineers grew their space faring material from what he transcribes below.

Amorphallus Titanium B by Dane Hallett

“The post-industrial aesthetic apparent in their interplanetary vehicles and space suits seem the result of a congruent return to even older and natural forms.”

If this indeed a callback to what Giger said, kudos to the creatives. I feel this fits perfectly into the culture of the Space Jockeys/Engineers we’ve been given so far as they seem to hold nature and tradition in reverence. A superior species, no doubt.