Does DIA have the best art of any airport? Or just the freakiest?

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Denver International Airport has an out-of-this-world art collection -- literally, if you believe the people who think some of the pieces speak to the Martians that inhabit those underground tunnels, or predict the coming of the New World Order, or simply signify hell on earth -- in the form of "Blucifer," one of the many nicknames for "Mustang," the giant blue horse so devilish that it killed its creator, Luis Jimenez. Which is why it's so unjust that both Albuquerque and Pittsburgh have pulled ahead of DIA in the "Best U.S. Airport for Art" contest now being run by USA Today.

And not only does DIA have an award-winning collection that came with the construction of the airport back in the '90s, but it's commissioning still more art to go with the Hotel and Transit Center (formerly known as the South Terminal Redevelopment Program), which will bring the total for the collection to $5.2 million.

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"Airports have been transforming themselves from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces in which we don't mind spending time," USA Today pronounces. "A renaissance has occurred beyond great restaurants, comfy lounges and terrific shopping, though; airports also uplift their visitors through the utilization of beautiful works of art. In this contest category, airport columnist Harriet Baskas has nominated twenty airports as contenders for Best U.S. Airports for Art."

You can vote for the home team once a day until noon, November 11 at 10best.com/awards/travel/best-us-airports-for-art; the winners will be announced on November 13. But whatever Denver's place in this contest, it will always rate first with conspiracy theorists everywhere.

And "Mustang" will continue to rank as the favorite with travelers, according to the DIA Art Master Plan survey done two years ago. But hold your horses: It also ranks as their least favorite piece.

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Matt Coles
Matt Coles

The horse sucks! It should go a way! Colorado didn't even get a say if we wanted it here. Some company from California decided that! Send the horse back to its creators.

Cody Young
Cody Young

You guys do this story every few months or is that about how often you need new writers?

Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon

That stupid horse should have been dumped in the planning stages.

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

The fact that everyone in Denver hates the blue horse so much just makes me love it. And it has to be some fucked up biblical sign that it killed its own sculptor.

Elizabeth Kurtak
Elizabeth Kurtak

I love the horse. It tells visitors, "Hey F*cker, you're in Denver, now."

ecurmudgeon
ecurmudgeon

Note the money quote: "Airports have been transforming themselves from utilitarian hubs of transport to spaces in which we don't mind spending time." A tacit admission that people are going to be stuck there because air travel in the United States doesn't work anymore.

After all, if we had airlines and security checkpoints that actually did their job properly, people wouldn't even be there long enough to notice if there was "art" in the airport or not...


prole
prole

the horse is the best. every time I drive by I raise my fist out the window and yell HOOOOORRRRRSSSSSE as loudly and triumphantly as I can. If they ever try to remove him I will be chaining myself to the installation. I've mentioned this to multiple people and plan to be held accountable.

Peter William Goodwin
Peter William Goodwin

That thing is terrifying. I've seen much better art at a variety of other US airports. So, no.

Emm Deeze
Emm Deeze

with all the killing virgins, new world order, and death horse over here, I think "best" can be a very subjective term.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

Lame fringe art.  

exgaysurvivordan
exgaysurvivordan

The thousand of paper cranes that adorned the bridge to terminal 1 were absolutely stellar. 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@GuestWho Thanks for sharing your thoughts, GuestWho. Much appreciated.

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