DIA flying high as Best U.S. Airport for Art: Did blue Mustang kill the competition?

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Was it "Mustang" that killed the competition -- just as the sculpture killed its creator, Luis Jimenez? Maybe it was Terry Allen's bronze gargoyles by baggage claim that had victory in the bag. Or perhaps it was part of some New World order conspiracy, as presaged in the murals by Leo Tanguma. Whatever, it's clear that Denver isn't horsing around with its art collection: Denver International Airport was just named "Best U.S. Airport for Art" by the readers of USA Today, who picked it from twenty airports nominated by the publication.

"Denver International Airport is known around the world for its exceptional public art, and we are proud that our customers have selected us as their favorite U.S. airport for art," said Kim Day, Denver's manager of aviation, in acknowledging the honor. "We strive to create spaces within the airport that are light-filled, airy and complete with artwork that enriches the travel experience and sparks conversation."

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"America, Why I Love Her," Gary Sweeney
And those sentiments could explain the piece of art that USA Today choose to illustrate Denver's victory. With more than thirty pieces in the collection to choose from, USA Today went not with "Mustang," which is the most loved -- and also the most loathed -- piece of public art at DIA, but "America, Why I Love Her," the homage to roadside attractions across America created by artist/baggage handler Gary Sweeney.

DIA is flying high this week: It was also just rated number one for healthiest airport food in the country by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

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Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

All those idiots who wanted that horse to be torn down can now officially go to hell.

Mus Mus
Mus Mus

It certainly wins for ugliest.

Karen Erickson
Karen Erickson

That horse is the ugliest damn thing on the planet.

Myrna Lipton
Myrna Lipton

Would love the horse more if it had orange eyes

Ryan Bauer
Ryan Bauer

Compared to most airports in the country DIA has a lot of great art, most airports are so bland, Congrats to DIA, Great airport

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

love the mustang and all the art. Every time I pick somebody up there they comment on how much they like it, too.

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

I like the horse weird thought it is. I see nothing demonic or spiritual in it but then I'm not that type of person and have no time for hocus pocus.

Anthony Siraguse
Anthony Siraguse

The only thing similar to it is the ants at the Atlanta airport. But they're not as cool as the demon bronco.

Emily Marino
Emily Marino

The blue mustang is fabulous! Long live blucifer!

Holly Shuler
Holly Shuler

thanks for the share...was looking for this.

Isaac Griffin
Isaac Griffin

I love the art. Art should cause talk, opinions, and emotion. If it doesn't it has lost all meaning. Art is where the heart is.

Holly Shuler
Holly Shuler

where is all this propaganda about DIA coming from? yesterday there was the article about it being the 'healthiest airport to eat at'. I've flown in and out of most major airports in this country, and believe me, DIA SUCKS in so many, many ways....

Kyle Kerley
Kyle Kerley

Best? No. Memorable? Sure. Who's not going to remember a giant, demonic horse that looks like it was modeled after a veiny penis?

michael.roberts
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@Ryan Bauer A lot of people share your view, Ryan. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Isaac Griffin Well put, Isaac. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mike Del Cuore Love these kinds of posts, Mike. Thanks for the link.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Holly Shuler Thanks for sharing an alternate view, Holly. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Kyle Kerley Hilarious post, Kyle. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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