|467 N.Y. City XVII Crowley 1981|
a) Incorporating Darth Vader's face
The Empire Strikes Back was released in 1980. Giger managed to see the movie when it came to the theatres in Zurich in Switzerland. Afterwards he painted New York City XVII and incorporated the face similar to that of Darth Vader at least twice, perhaps without having much of a clue of what he was painting, roughly making a phallic totem pole complete with testicles, one transformed into a face a man merging with another face that might be an imagined Vader's face unmasked since, since Giger has mentioned the presence of Vader in the painting, it bears features from the helmet above and around the side of the face on the side of a phallus seen from the side with testicles.
|Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back|
|Dark Vader like face|
|second Darth Vader face|
At the bottom is a chalice which is roughly a Darth Vader face all over again but with the features transformed beyond recognition. Worms crawl around the chalice and two entwine like a caduceus between to skyscrapers
c) Mysterious dark figure
On the top of the right, there is a tall human figure seen from the side with a high collar, perhaps this is also Vader as glimpsed in his meditation chamber. One can recognise him as a biomechanoid and Giger's creativity has made him one of his own.
e) Pondering on Small Darth Vader mirroring Nommo Archetype drawing.
I found in Mordor V signs of Nommo drawings being incorporated into the painting, on the Nommo drawing it almost looks as if it has a pair of goggles. I wonder if he has done the same with this strange little Darth Vader since it displays a double row of eyes and has spokes coming out of the sides of its body and beneath the entity, a space opens up like the fish tale. (See: Mordor V)
f) Looking for a Crowley connection
What is there to be found connecting with Crowley? This requires a fair amount of interpretation still, If an impression of the Nommo is to be found in this picture, Sirius being the home star system of the Nommo was also a star that Aleister Crowely was interested in the most.
- HR Giger: " Full version correct version of Giger quote rather than one read from a blurred old photo:Back in 1980 or 81, when I was in :the middle of this futuristic New York series, I went to see The Empire Strikes Back, which was in the theatres in Zurich, I remember enjoying the film very much. Later I subconsciously incorporated a mysterious evil figure into one of the paintings. I didn't realise where it came from until I saw one of the next films in the Star Wars movies. I never mentioned this before to anyone until now. " (Star Wars Visions: 2010)