Crazy Horse?


horse1901Many of us understandably feel anxious about getting on a plane these days. Between the potential for terrorist acts and several well-publicized crashes over the last few months, not to mention the crushing waits at the airport, lack of any food once you’re onboard (a half ounce of stale pretzels ain’t food in my book) and the overcrowded misery that is air travel in 2009, flying is no fun. This is made worse for many passengers flying out of the Denver Airport who are afraid that the last thing they’re going to see, ever, is a giant, terrifying (anatomically correct) statue of a blue stallion.“Blue Mustang,” by the artist Luis Jiménez (killed in 2006 when a section of the 9,000-pound fiberglass statue fell on him during construction), is frightening, or cursed by its role in Mr. Jiménez’s death, or both. Supporters say the 32-foot-tall horse is a marvel. Even many of those who hate the sculpture will grudgingly admit that it performs one of the vital functions of public art: to get noticed and to start a dialog. It’s true that much public art is hopelessly dull or disturbing in other ways, so how is this any worse? At least it has a point of view. Still, I feel sure that seeing that horse rearing up out of the bland airport landscape like a bonafide nightmare can’t be the best way to start or end a vacation.


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