Alien : Egg silo exterior

leading from

a) Where Ridley had been going
Ridley Scott had been experimenting with the idea of an egg silo inspired by the Castle Harkonnen,
and had been exploring the idea of a giant rocket capsule shaped derelict ship with Moebius before he left.  (see: Moebius derelict exterior and Ridley Scotts Early Egg Silo Exterior )

Ridleygram of structures on the planetoid (image from weyland-yutaniarchives)


b) What Giger drew
HR Giger designed a breast shaped building called the Egg Silo, a hundred and fifty metres tall and two hundred metres in diameter.  He drew the images in April of 1978. Perhaps he borrowed the shape from Ridley's early idea for a derelict ship that he work on with Moebius. It also included ideas from Giger's painting Dune I which showed an entrance to the Castle Harkonnen.


Egg Silo exterior (uploaded by me, taken from Giger's Alien)


Egg Silo exterior (uploaded by me, taken from Giger's Alien)

Egg Silo exterior (uploaded by me, taken from Giger's Alien)

Giger's Dune I (Entrance to Castle Harkonnen), 1976

Ridleygram of explorer climbing up the side of the egg silo


c) Giger's Painting
In the painting, in the rock formations, suggestions of perhaps long fossilized life forms. Perhaps the  rock sticking out of the lower ground to the left of the building is a half formed impression of Cthulhu type entity with its tentacled face and thick claw. Giger had brought his designs at the time over to Shepperton for approval on March 30th of 1978, although they were met with general approval, he is told that his egg silo would be too expensive to build.

Quote source
  1. HR Giger: The designs I brought with me meet general approval. The eggsilo (plate 378) can't be built because it would be too expensive. Pity! (Giger's Alien, p14)

378: Egg Silo exterior (uploaded by me, taken from Giger's Alien)
d) Kenner Alien Logo
The design of this structure would be used in the logo for the Kenner Alien toys that would soon be sold.



curious detail from 378: Egg Silo exterior

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