Denver International Airport is a strange place. It’s iconic on the horizon for miles, the peaked roof stands out as a marker on the prairie and we have a wild-eyed bronco statue that tries to steal your soul on the way in to the airport. . .now there’s a hotel that looks like the mother ship has landed. Stay crazy DIA!
“Travelers are in for a uniquely Colorado experience when they pass through Denver International Airport. The works of art that grace the airport create a journey through our state’s history and diversity. Like all successful public art, the program at DIA exemplifies an expression of ourselves and provides an opportunity to educate others” – Mayor Wellington B. Webb
Well this is certainly unique. I’m not sure I would refer to these pieces as “graceful”. A few of my readers probably remember a television show called Night Gallery which would open with macabre paintings depicting or hinting at the short television plays about to unfold. It was always creepy, scary, or weird. I did a google search after I saw this painting for the first time. Maybe I should back up and explain the first time I saw it I was completely jet lagged, 36 hours from my origination and about 90 minutes from my own bed. I was too delirious to take a picture of it then and simply paused for a minute, muttered “What. The. Hell.” and stumbled to a cab. I assumed it was extra creepy because I had just flown halfway across the globe. Who wouldn’t hallucinate visions of flaming buildings, demon possessed subterranean people, a penguin in a glass box, and an angry turtle. The little boy in the middle of the painting certainly reflects what most people do when they pass by. He is the mirror image of the onlooker:
“What the Hell does this mean? And does this have anything to do with the weird ass blue horse with the laser beam eyes we passed on the way into the airport?” (don’t look that damn blue horse in the eyes because he will steal your soul.)
Ahem…but I digress and fall into herd thinking…
Do a google search: “murals at Denver International Airport” and take a look at the lunatic theories. They are so ridiculous they become even more surreal than the art. You could spend hours on the conspiracy theory sites. My favorite is aliens have been sighted working at the airport. Stupid buggers can’t read baggage stickers in English so it’s a miracle we get our luggage, right? To an entire city underground ready to engulf us as we become prisoners of the New World Order. But don’t bother with the murals when you’re well rested. They are just stupid and poorly rendered surreal art. They are much more entertaining if your sleep deprived. Stoned would be interesting, too. And stoned is legal in Colorado now. Oh and there’s a couple of gargoyles lurking about, too.