The Birth Machine Baby sculpture pictured above was photographed by me in the Last Rites Gallery in Manhattan, which has a number original HR Giger pieces on display. Giger, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 74, is perhaps best known in popular culture as the designer of the Alien creatures in the film franchise of the same name, or, if you are a bit older, the designer of the cover of Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s 1973 epic prog rock masterpiece, Brain Salad Surgery. But his career was about so much more than that.
The limited edition Bullet Baby sculptures (30 in Bronze, 30 in Aluminum) sit inside the shell of a 9mm Luger Casing: the bottom surface of the sculpture is finished to look like a real bullet and is marked ‘9mm Giger,’ along with the artist signature and the edition number.
The inspiration for the Bullet Babies is the 1967, pen and ink Giger artwork, Birth Machine, a cut-away image of a fully loaded Walther pistol, in which the bullets are these crouching mechanical-looking babies.
The Birth Machine is HR Giger’s artistic manifestation of his strongly held belief that the greatest threat to our civilization is the approaching overpopulation of the planet. Conceived nearly 40 years ago, the Birth Machine Babies have made appearances in a number of Giger paintings. A Birth Machine Baby – as well as a sculptural representation of the Birth Machine painting – stands guard in front of the HR Giger Museum in Gruyères, Switzerland.
Ah, what a lovely day is it here in the City. I admit that I am obsessed with recycling and living as Green as possible, and it really yanks my chain when I see others being needlessly wasteful, littering and, in general, lacking any sense of personal responsibility. As Goethe once said, “Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.” It’s such a simple step to put into practice, I wonder why we aren’t taught that concept from birth.
Here in the office of my day gig, we all received lovely new, brushed aluminum thermal coffee mugs that fit nicely in the pantry’s coffee makers. I will look forward to using mine every day. Mostly, I am so glad they FINALLY got rid of all the Styrofoam cups, because Styrofoam is evil. Styrofoam should only be used as a flotation device to save the life of a drowning person. It should never be made into anything that is meant to be disposable, since it does not biodegrade, ever. Making things that are not biodegradable should be against the law.
That goes also for disposable water bottles – which are also evil. All plastic needs to be recycled, unless you hate the Earth. Then go right ahead and throw your lasts-forever-til-the-end-of-time water bottles in the trash and destroy the planet. I hope your kids and grandkids won’t mind living in a garbage dump that you helped to create for them! And while we’re on the subject, let’s all take a minute to roll the concept of Zero Population Growth around in our heads, shall we? When you consider that the earth we leave is the earth we’re coming back to, no effort in conservation is wasted. Happy Earth Day people.
Remember: The World We Leave is the World We’re Coming Back To
Hey what’s up. Happy Earth Day and all that. At lunch time today, they were handing out free bags of delicious popcorn in the cafeteria, which rules and everything, because popcorn is awesome, but I am not sure how that helps us to celebrate Earth Day, specifically. My wish for Earth Day would be that smokers kindly stop using the world as their personal ashtray, and that everyone please remember to recycle. Also, “Zero Population Growth.” Thank you, drive through.
I have a lot of opinions about the kinds of things nobody else usually gives a crap about, and to keep track of all my opinions (in case I ever need evidence) I like to make lists. As we creep ever closer to the end of 2007 by the minute, I offer now, for your reading pleasure, my list of the:
Top Ten Things that Should Happen in 2008 to Make My Life Happier
10. Ryan Seacrest ceases to appear in all visual media so I never have to look at the insipid mug of this talentless hack ever again.
9. People of the Earth adopt the philosophy of Zero Population Growth so we can start to repair some of the damage we’ve done to our planet before it’s too late.
8. Smokers realize that the world is not their ashtray.
7. The View is canceled.
6. My lead-footed upstairs neighbors move away and are replaced by sedentary octogenarians.
5. Every charitable organization except Covenant House takes me off its mailing list forever.
4. Car alarms are declared illegal. Possession of any car whose alarm goes off while I am sleeping is punishable by death.
3. Every band that sounds like My Chemical Romance or Fallout Boy breaks up.