Prometheus: Giger-esque relief in the ampule room

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a) Steve Messing sculpted the Giger-esque head room relief sculpture
Steve Messing also sculpted an alter area for this set that attempted to pay homage to HR Giger, in the form of a relief sculpture hanging from the wall and it has an impression of a loosely Giger-esque alien form with flowing structures around it. What should it represent, an apparition of the Deacon that would come later in the film, either they foresaw that it would come, these things have been coming quite regularily of the millions of years or it was designed that after whatever came about from DNA altered by the black substance in the urns, crossed from one person to another and then another, as if needing something from all three in the case of the movie Prometheus, unlock and grow its final form.

concept design for the relief

Relief in the ampule room (source: Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report)

Relief in the ampule room (Source:

b) Easter Eggs 
Messing also mentioned about how there were a lot of Easter eggs in the sculpture including several hidden Giger motifs that were not used in the original film.  I might ask why they needed to be perceived as Easter Eggs or hidden objects, they didn't reveal anything of great interest to the story or interesting to talk unless one wanted to imagine that these unused Facehugger concepts from the original production were to be considered part of the alien life cycle. But these were not seen in the actual movie so perhaps one doesn't need to be concerned with them. If fact the central point of the relief was very much inspired by Giger's work and as one saw more of the design, one saw how it distanced itself from the way Giger's designs worked, but it reveals itself to be a brilliantly elaborate work.

work 364, (Giger's Alien, p11)

work 365. (Giger's Alien, p11)

c) Comparisons to The Spell I
The central figure had a body vaguely inspired by HR Giger's "The Spell I." and is the first jumping for people who see it to make comparisons with. One thing to note is the feet with long toes of both the central figures.

The Spell I (Photocomposite from HR Giger: Dark Star documentary)

comparison between the legs

d) Comparisosn to Giger's Homage to Melly
Perhaps the flowing forms around the creature could be compared to the flower petals from HR Giger's "Homage to Melly" created for his mother.

Homage to Melly
On the right, a smaller pointed petal and a stamen like form become incorporated into the relief either side of the head creates a widening division with a pattern that might lead some people to think that it also represents the head of an alien queen as seen in Aliens , Alien Resurrection and Alien Vs Predator.

Rough comparisons between the petaled forms in Giger's Homage to Melly and the relief in Prometheus.

e) Comparisons to Giger drawing on the Filmdämonen book

Also there's drawing from 2004 that could be found on the cover of a book Filmdämonen by H Hunka, exploring films and oddly this could well provide the basic structure of this relief. One can see comparitive forms, such as the point of the Deacon head, wing formations either side of it, and the eyes of the face can almost be seen in the relief but displaced and it divides as the bottom in a similar way. The way that threads or ribbing lines appear through the Giger drawing also lend itself well to be merged with the homage to Melly.

Giger's 2004 drawing on the cover of Filmdämonen by H Hurka

Giger's 2004 drawing and concept for the Prometheus relief

f) See also : Traces of "The Adventures of Tintin and the Seven Crystal Balls" in Prometheus

Source Quote
  1. Steve Messing: Another set that I worked on was known as the "Head Room." This was a ceremonial room that contained hundreds of ampules beneath a giant sculpture of an Engineer's head. Julian Caldrow did an amazing job of working out all of the details for this environment and created the set drawings. The final set was built at full scale and was incredible to walk on. I also sculpted an altar area for this set that paid homage to Giger -it is a relief sculpture hanging from the wall and has the impression of an alien form with flowing structures surrounding it. There are a lot of easter eggs in this sculpture — including several hidden Giger motifs that were not used in the original film. (

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