Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Blue Mustang is DIA's most famous artwork, but there are other pieces to love... or hate

"Mustang," Luis Jimenez's killer horse at Denver International Airport, just placed third in a recent survey of the country's most bizarre public art. But it definitely ranks first in the hearts and minds of Denver residents, who either really love or really, really hate the sculpture. This past spring, in an attempt to get some harder data about how people feel about the airport's massive public art program -- and how to expand that program as the airport expands -- DIA posted an online survey asking participants to identify their favorite artwork and describe how those "works of art influence your impression of DIA."

And now the results are in. DIA and Arts & Venues Denver will host the "DIA Art Master Plan Town Hall" from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1 at Crossroads Theater, 2590 Washington Street. And you're invited. Here's an airport release:

Denver International Airport's Art and Culture Program has been working to design a master plan that will establish creative direction for the facility's existing cultural assets, and to help guide the commissioning of new artworks. DIA and Arts & Venues Denver invite you to hear the recommendations of the planning team. Please join us in determining the future of one of Denver's most vital cultural assets.

Everyone's welcome -- including those conspiracy theorists who think that many of the DIA artworks -- including the new floor piece by Juane Quick-to-See Smith and Ken Iwamasa that replaced the leaky "Mountain Mirage" (shown above) -- carry secret messages from the New World Order, or Martians, or whoever's living in those secret tunnels beneath the airport.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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