Airports have a lot of excitement in them for being such a boring establishment. People are going on vacations, going home after a business trip, or on their way to visit family and friends. There are people from all walks of life with millions of reasons to be at an airport, but their one purpose is just to get somewhere else. And because of that, airports usually are just that. An airport. But there is something pretty mysterious about the Denver airport, especially with the statue that stands at the entrance.
The Denver airport that stands now was built in 1995, over a year late and way over budget. There are rumors that there are underground tunnels that are used for secret transportation or a bunker for the “elite.” Conspiracies about the building have been links to different groups from Nazis to the Illuminati to the Freemasons. There’s artwork in the halls that have ominous undertones of death and destruction. But the icing on the creepy cake is the 32-foot 9,000-lb fiberglass statue of a bright blue horse with glowing red eyes.
The statue was named “Mustang” by the artist who created him, Luis Jiménez, but because of its stature and sinister story, it was given the nickname “Blucifer.” He was given the blue color because Jiménez grew up in El Paso, TX where he grew an affinity for the bright and bold colors used in Mexican murals. The horse was said to symbolize the wild nature of the state, and its rearing pose symbolized the freedom that was offered by the Southwest. The statue itself has been criticized to be a sinister symbol of death and destruction, which was mostly due to the lethal accident that occurred during its creation.
While working on the statue, a piece of the statue fell on Jiménez, fatally severing one of his arteries. It was debated whether or not the piece should be completed, let alone displayed. It was decided that the best way to honor Jiménez’s work would be to complete the statue on his behalf and proudly erect the statue outside of the airport to welcome all travelers. In 2008, Blucifer was revealed to the public, much to their horror.
Several petitions have been signed and complaints have been filed about Blucifer, which is also thought to be a reference to the fourth horseman of the apocalypse. However, he still stands to this day. What’s your take on Blucifer: is it a piece of art or is it disturbing the peace?