Denver International Airport wants your feedback on freaky public art program

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Poor, sad Denver International Airport.

No matter how much money and effort officials expend trying to craft DIA's image as an efficient, modern portal of global travel, its reputation is forever linked to wild accusations about underground bases and the New World Order.

The key factor that transformed a few backwater conspiracy theories into an unstoppable Internet meme is the airport's robust public art program, which includes such wingnut faves as the Tanguma apocalypse murals, the blue horse of death statue and the sinister gargoyle in the suitcase sculpture.

And now DIA wants your feedback! How do you really feel about all the freaky art?

A post this week on the airport's Facebook page asks travelers to complete a survey that will help officials figure out what kinds of public art projects to include in the $650 million South Terminal expansion.

The online survey asks participants to identify their favorite artwork at the airport and describe how those "works of art influence your impression of DIA." But the possibilities aren't limited to permanent works. The survey also asks if folks might be interested in seeing dance and musical performances at DIA -- or , perhaps, "[c]ulinary features from the region's top chefs."

Let's hope the airport gets some serious-minded feedback from the survey. Because so far, the only comments left on its Facebook page are "why dont you just ask the queen to help?" -- the queen being a reference to the Queen of England, whom legend holds owns large amounts of land around the airport -- and "Get rid of that friggin ugly horse with demon eyes."

Poor, sad DIA.

Does DIA have growing pains? Read Alan Prendergast's "Flight Change," originally published March 4, 2010.



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NON  Ovurbisness
NON Ovurbisness

Maybe if they change the eye color, it wouldn' be getting so much negative energy, maybe make it more angelic than evil.  Tell me this hows the housing market there?  Does it make people not like it.  Art is a lot of things however if it inpires a positive reaction thats a better energy then the negative one being generated.  What is the real message that you are trying to make.  that all the conspiracry issues centered around Colorados airport is true.

Wendyfox56
Wendyfox56

Necophiles paintings for Neck-crow-files. Crain neck to look at Goons, crow about and breed in it

Jdjeffrey84
Jdjeffrey84

how easy would it be to lock you in on one of those train/terminal shuttle and take you and many other people deep underground? very easy. the real problem is the propaganda spewing from fox news, cnn and all the viacom owned companies that are feeding the "American" citizen/subjects lies in which to get them to think and feel a certain way about situations and people groups. Off Topic: Glenn Beck, for Fox News,is a puppet who is acting out scripted sound bites to influence the easily manipulated minds of the common folk. Why is there talk of world order? they want you to get used to the idea of having one. Wake up. Do Research. Learn the Truth.Get Smart. Be Aware. Become open minded. Get Armed. Be Prepared. Protect your family.

Linda
Linda

I love the blue horse and look forward to seeing it every time I go to the airport! And I do linger awhile to view the art showcases along the Terminal A Walkway.

P
P

If they change the murals how will the Grays know where to board their Mach9 subterranean Mag-Lev trains to New Mexico?

Juanpablotocino
Juanpablotocino

Freaky art? We live in a freaky society. Art is just a reflection of our culture. Blaming art because it doesn't agree with you has been around a long time. Its not about the art its about allowing different views of our shared society. Most corporations, especially banks, avoid such conflict altogether by purchasing extremely ambiguous artwork for the general public. I'm proud that my city and D.I.A. bucks this trend and took some risks and purchased and displayed artwork that isn't accepted by "everyone" that visits the airport. It shows Denver as a cosmopolitan city. Like my mom used to say, "If your looking for offence then you will surely find it."

q salazar
q salazar

I agree with rain. It's fun being known for having an airport with freaky crap. It's almost turning into a tourist destination for conspiracy theorists like Area 51 and Roswell New Mexico. We should keep it coming!

rain
rain

I like the art at DIA, including Bluecifer and the murals. In fact, we get so much attention for it that I think we need more art, the freakier the better. X Files it up the MOMA, artists! Area 51 maps, alien cafeterias, cryptozoological oddities, giant metal paper airplanes (oh, right.), Masonic riddles, etc. etc.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Linda, I too am pro-blue horse. Nothing like it anywhere else but here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Juanpablotocino, thanks for sharing your thoughts. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Michael Roberts
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