Well, the mustang was unwrapped this week in front of Denver International Airport.
In 1992 artist Luis Jimenez was hired to create a horse statue for the grounds in front of Denver International. Actually he was hired to create one for the inside of DIA but there was a dispute about this. After some legal hassles and some money changing hands, it was decided that the statue would go outside.
Something happened during the construction of this statue.
First the project was delayed for years due to the artist’s ill health.
Then a portion of the horse came loose and smashed Luis. He died shortly afterwards of his injuries.
Finally, over fifteen years after the start of this project and over $300,000.00 invested, the horse was unveiled.
Red eyes, blue skin, bulging red veins, this sculpture began its life scaring children.
I have to say it is excellent art; I like it in the same way that I like HR Giger’s works. But it is not a welcoming beacon that you wish to see driving from DIA to Denver.
The statue seems to say “Welcome to Denver, now go away or be stomped do death by my mighty hoofs of vengeance!”
I get the feeling that the horse is looking for its rider from The Lord of the Rings.
It would have to be a huge Nazgoul to ride a 33′ horse.