New DIA artwork hasn't inspired any conspiracy theories yet

Yeah, yeah, everyone knows about the secret underground bunker at Denver International Airport where Barack Obama was supposed to hide out during his recent visit to Denver if Comet Elenin hit the earth — or he wanted to conduct a Defcon 1 "Cocked Pistol" maximum-readiness alert. We forget which.

It's what's aboveground at DIA that's new. The scaffolding that had obscured the former site of "Mountain Mirage" — the piece of public art that was supposed to shoot water in a silhouette of the Rocky Mountains but instead dripped down into the train equipment below, earning the piece the nickname "Wilma's Wet Spot," in honor of then-First Lady Wilma Webb, who was heading Denver's arts commission – has been removed, revealing a new piece of public art. One guaranteed not to leak.

Juane Quick-to-See Smith and Ken Iwamasa, who had a commission to design patterns in the terrazzo floor of the Great Hall when DIA first opened, were hired to do an artistic patch of the spot where "Mountain Mirage" once stood. The original piece was based on Arapaho parfleche designs, a kind of decorated rawhide suitcase; this time, they created a piece inspired by a Navajo rug, with the symbols for mountain and river subtly referenced as a nod to "Mountain Mirage," says DIA spokeswoman Jenny Schiavone.

Construction on the project began last November and was completed late last month at a cost of $246,000. And so far, no one has suggested that the new work holds a secret message about the New World Order — as conspiracy theorists have for the Leo Tanguma mural "Children of the World Dream Peace," which is just around the corner.

And DIA can't sweep that rumor under a fake Navajo rug.

Out at home? When he was growing up back east, Roland Green was a Red Sox fan, but he switched leagues and allegiances to the Rockies when he moved to Denver. That might have been a bad decision if Green was interested in rooting for a winner, but throwing out the first pitch in a World Series game would be a hell of a consolation prize. Green, who also happens to be the distribution manager at Westword, is one of four finalists — out of 2.5 million people who entered — in the Pepsi Max "Field of Dreams" Sweepstakes. "The prize is to throw out the first pitch of the first game of the World Series and play a baseball game against eleven Major League Hall of Famers," he says. "With the Rockies having such a sucky season this year, I'm psyched to get a chance to enjoy baseball again."

Out of the thirty nominees provided by Pepsi for the Field of Dreams team, Green came up with this lineup: Johnny Bench (catcher), Frank Thomas (first base), Rod Carew (second base), Mike Schmidt (third base), Cal Ripken Jr. (shortstop), Reggie Jackson (outfield), Tony Gwynn (outfield), Ken Griffey Jr. (outfield), Edgar Martinez (designated hitter), Randy Johnson and Dennis Eckersley (pitchers). In order to win, Green needs to acquire the most online votes at www.mlb.com/pepsimax; voting goes through October 5, and according to some of Green's fans, you can vote up to fifty times a day.

"The game's going to be a big deal," says Robbie Tran, manager of sports marketing for Pepsi. "If Roland wins, it will be played in Denver. Tickets will be either given away or sold. It's going to be thousands of people — a really big event — so it's not just for him and his ten friends; it's really for the city of Denver."

Make that the state of Colorado. Because even if Green wins, the game may not be at Coors Field: That facility serves only Coca-Cola products, not Pepsi, which is a major foul for the contest sponsor. That's why the "Field of Dreams" rules just guarantee that the game will be played within a hundred miles of the winner's home.

That's close enough for us, though. Play ball!

 
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Jennifoodie
Jennifoodie

That demon horse by DIA haunts me in my dreams.

ThomasMc
ThomasMc

Some idiot will claim it proves that the UN is controlled by extraterrestrial lizards who are controlling Obama with super-secret radio waves, or some other nonsense.

Never underestimate the stupidity of people, and you won't be disappointed.

illumenaughty
illumenaughty

They over bill everything at DIA to use the extra money to spruce up the underground bunkers, duh.

It's not only the mural but the capstone that also leads to NWO rumors.

mike
mike

AT WHO'S EXSPENSE? OH TAX PAYER, DON'T YOU THICK THAT IS JUST THROWING MONEY AWAY?

OH THATS WRITE THAT STIMULATING THE ECONOMY (SOME DUMBASS DEMOCRAT OK'ED THIS HUH)

Sparky
Sparky

...wow disappointing....a "pedestrian" effort at best. Was there no "competition" of differing ideas and offerings to consider? Looks like a Cub Scout tile craft project on a bigger scale. Title should just stop after "DIA art work hasn;t inspired..." I am sure when travelers leave DIA they will be saying..."hey what a great floor."

Ghosttrekker_1
Ghosttrekker_1

$246,000 to lay tile down on the floor? Hell< I would have done that for 1/2 that price!!!

Kerry1h
Kerry1h

246000 for that? that's why it costs so much extra to fly out of denver, what a rip off

Gardengirl92543
Gardengirl92543

Stick a "YOU ARE HERE" arrow in the middle of it. $246,000 dollars? Seriously? I think it looks like Legos too.

Sedalia
Sedalia

It's lame, but at least it isn't the demonic horse.

David
David

I think the taxpayers should get their money back. The title of this literary submission is right on... New DIA artwork hasn't inspired any.... well, it's just not inspiring at all.

Light Rail Tattler
Light Rail Tattler

Denver International Airport is a commercial airport, not private.The artwork should be done by a for profit commercial artist and not at taxpayer's expense.May I suggest commercial artist Kenny Be.Kenny Be is an excellent commercial artist and web page designer.May I suggest the commercial artwork done by Kenny Be for the highly acclaimed Troubleshooter a.k.a. Tom Martino.Denver is a very corrupt city and Kenny Be's for profit artwork and web design for The Troubleshooter alerting citizens of scams and frauds should be plastered throughout D I A so visitors to Denver will be alert for scams and a web address to report con-artists.

Newsvinersynth
Newsvinersynth

The imagery on the new artwork can be viewed as an 'X'. In the world of the occult, the letter 'X' is symbolic of the slain and risen god Osiris, and by extension, also the antichrist....

John
John

That's art work?? Get real! 2 y/o kids make that every day with legos!

diesel-benz
diesel-benz

The price likely includes removal and disposal of the old display and its associated hardware (pumps, pipes, electrical, etc).

calhounp
calhounp

david, I'd love to publish your comment in the print edition, ideally with your full name. let me know if that's okay. patricia.calhoun@westword.com

 
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