A little over a year ago, a very large, very blue rearing mustang, aptly called BLUE MUSTANG, was installed on the road approaching Denver International Airport. During its construction, BLUE MUSTANG killed its creator, Luis Jimenez, when a large piece of the thirty-two-foot-tall sculpture fell on him, severing an artery in his leg. At night, the massive steed's eyes glow red, and are visible from miles away. This, combined with it's emaciated figure and it's killer reputation, has sparked a debate among the citizens of Denver about what they want out of the city's public art. The debate was well summarized in a New York Times article published in March.
As a Denver native, I don't love that this is the first piece of art that most visitors will see in Denver, but I also think the debate has gotten too inflammatory and negative. So what's your opinion? Do you love Jimenez's the low-brow, urban style or do you think it's too over the top for a municipal art program?
Vote in our poll here, and give your thoughts by clicking "comments" below this post.
Photos courtesy of Denver International Airport.