Thursday, February 5, 2009

Demonic Horse Statue At Entrance Of Denver International Airport.


rockymountainnews.com

A critic has launched a Web site to stampede the fiery-eyed blue mustang sculpture from the entrance of Denver International Airport.

"DIA's Heinous Blue Mustang Has Got To Go," Rachel Hultin, a Denver Realtor, declares at bye byebluemustang.com.

The Facebook page is drawing attention from the news media and people who both hate and love the 32-foot-tall sculpture - titled, naturally enough, "Mustang" - by the late artist Luis Jimenez.

Hultin, who lives in Denver, said her main objection is that the sculpture is an unwelcoming sight for the 4 million annual visitors passing through the airport.

"I mean, the airport's about welcoming people - not scaring them," Hultin said Thursday. "And certainly, at night with the glowing eyes, the word 'demonic' is hard to repress."

The star-crossed equine statue caused tragedy and controversy long before it arrived.

Even Jimenez's son said the artist had a "love-hate relationship" with the mustang, which ultimately took its creator's life.

The city of Denver commissioned Jimenez to build the beast in 1992 for $300,000. It was supposed to be delivered four years later. But creative delays triggered lawsuits between the city and Jimenez, and the cost more than doubled during the mustang's long odyssey to DIA.

The tragedy came in 2006 when the torso of the fiberglass horse fell and crushed Jimenez in his New Mexico studio.

During the dedication last year, DIA spokesman Jeff Green said: "When you're right underneath it, it's extraordinarily big and a spectacular silhouette."

Others are less awestruck.

"The unnatural, garish blue color is strange enough, but with bright red lights for eyes, the structure takes on the demonically possessed look of an alien straight out of a bad sci-fi flick," one critic said in a letter to the Rocky.

But supporters say the critics are missing the point.

"I'll start with your ignorance as to what art is," Shawn Tolliver wrote Hultin in a Web site post. "This (Mustang) was built with the same intention as the giant blue bear outside the Convention Center, or the two faced sculpture that stands on the corner of 14th and Colfax . . . to express what Mr. Jimenez felt about our great city."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This exact statue (although smaller) is also on display at the University of Oklahoma. Keeping a watchful eye on President David Boren's on campus mansion. Boren is known to be a freemason and Skull and Bones member.