Denver Airport’s Art: Conspiracy Theories?

A major transportation hub just about smack in the middle of the country, the Denver International Airport (DIA) offers an interesting layover to travelers willing to explore its bustling terminals. DIA and the art in its collection have been the subject of conspiracy theories dating back to the airport’s construction, while new technical difficulties have emerged in the maintenance and display of its ambitious permanent installations. From the so-called “Blucifer” sculpture that greets visitors as they drive up to the terminal, to the newest acquisition — a futuristic installation by Anibal Catalan — it’s hardly surprising that the DIA was deemed the “best US airport for art.” But don’t expect cottage paintings or pleasant abstraction here. The DIA art collection stands out for shunning the niceties of conventional airport décor and embracing the weird, with a focus on permanent installations.

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