Giger came to design the space jockey once Ridley Scott decided that Giger would handle all the Alien environments rather than just the alien race on the planetoid and the egg silo and then Ron Cobb would design the human environments. Ridley Scott started with a creature from one painting by Giger, that looked liked the bare remains of a fossilised creature with some humanoid features, and its seat was the back of the female seated figure bending forwards as if it is riding a motorbike, that it had been piercing into. Soon the entity evolved into something that was done much earlier in Giger's career during the 1960s, when he was drawing ink drawings showing humanoid with pipes coming from the face and also with hands on handlebars which are popular reoccurring image in his works.
|the restored Henu Barque on the East Wall at the Grauman's Egyptian Theater|
b) Henu Barque
At some point in time, the Henu Barque entered into the design of the seat and telescope, the image can be found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead Papyrus of Ani and also found in various Egyptian tombs, temples, sarcophagi and idols. Questions might be asked about whether the Henu Barque painted on the East Wall at the Grauman's Egyptian Theatre where Alien had its premiere, have anything to do with the inspiration for the seat with the telescope since the antelope head with its horns on that is quite prominent enough to invite comparisons, and one might ask what else that strange image inspired since it looks almost like a human standing on the back of a giant bird
1. The Space Jockey design as it is in Alien
2. Space Jockey Evolution via Giger's Necronomicon pt, 1
3. Evolution of Space Jockey via the Egyptian Book of the Dead
5. Evolution of Space Jockey via Texas Chainsaw Massacre
6. Likely inspiration from the Excessive Machine in Barbarella
8. Evolution via Giger's Necronomicon part 2
9. Evolution of the Space Jockey via the Waiter's Friend / Sommelier knife ?
10. Ridleygram of The Space Jockey Chair shows more inspiration from the Henu Barque and also Moebius?