If you have flown in or out of Denver International Airport since 2008, you may have noticed haunting red eyes watching you from the head of a 32-foot cast fiberglass horse from the median in the road.
"To some it might be funny, considering its glowing eyes and how it could potentially be haunted, but it's a landmark at the end of the day."
"Barring the tragic death of its creator, the demon horse which presides over the lands near the Denver International Airport is a proud symbol of Colorado. It's fierce and holds a majestic pose. It's blue and a demon maybe. It's something you don't see everyday. To some it might be funny, considering its glowing eyes and how it could potentially be haunted, but it's a landmark at the end of the day. Plus it looks like it could be related to the Broncos, so there's that." - Denver local Gus O.
The statue, known (but referred to by no one) as Blue Mustang, was originally commissioned to be built by the City of Denver for the new airport in the early 1990s.
So here’s the story: New Mexican sculptor and artist Luis Jiménez wanted to appeal to travelers’ sense of adventure and the wild spirit of the West by bringing new life to an old legend about a horse in Southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley that could run so fast, it looked like it was flying.
This mustang was a little too wild though, and a massive section broke free from its mounting during creation in 2006 and crushed the artist’s leg, which severed an artery and killed him. Imagine those eyes being the last eyes you ever see.
Jiménez had only finished painting the head of the horse at the time of the freak accident so his studio staff, family, and friends finished up the sanding and painting then shipped the sculpture off to be assembled and placed in its forever home to watch the inbound and outbound traffic at DIA.
Whether you’re drawn to the story or Blucifer absolutely haunts your dreams at night, it does what art is supposed to do: draw attention.