Denver Is Not Gozer's Lair: Help Get Rid of the Devil Horse

by: David Sirota

Thu Jan 29, 2009 at 18:45


Fuck the financial crisis and stimulus debate for a second - we here in Denver have a real local problem. Somehow, somebody thought it was a good idea to put up a giant 32-foot tall satan horse right outside a building that already creates super stressful situations for people. Not only does this red-eyed behemoth welcome Denver visitors with what is a menacing horse version of Zoul, not only is it crafted with strangely elaborate detail around its genitals and corn hole, it also has a blood on it chest - literally. Yes, as the Denver Post reports, "the statue has a reputation, in part because the creator, Luis Jimenez, was killed in 2006 when the torso piece swung out of control and fell on him in his studio."

As Westword reported last year, Denver International Airport already has some pretty weird occult-ish shit all over its terminals - it's kind of like an airport designed by Ivo Shandor (who, as Ray Stantz famously said, was "either a certified genius or an authentic whacko"). Now it's time to take action. Join the Facebook group and help us stop telling visitors that by driving down Pena Blvd., they are headed towards Gozer the Gozarian's Lair. As the government and banks collude to rob the nation blind, at least we can reassure ourselves we may still be able to remove the devil horse from the welcome gates to the Mile High City.

That's something, isn't it?

David Sirota :: Denver Is Not Gozer's Lair: Help Get Rid of the Devil Horse

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Keep it if (0.00 / 0)
Keep the Denver Broncos horse if the Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man comes huffing and puffing through the runways.

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I like it, man (4.00 / 3)
Denver is a white bread city. It needs more weird shit.  

plus I really like this artist (4.00 / 2)
He's from my hometown. And he was one of the country's leading Hispanic artists. And he uses themes - like bright colors and a sort of vivid corporeality - that have a long pedigree in Hispanic and Latin American art.

Damn. I might have to start a "Luis Jimenez' Iconic Mustang is a Bitchin Work of Art Which Shouldn't Offend Coloradans' Delicate Sensibilities" group on Facebook.


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So now you are offended by genitals on art? (0.00 / 0)
I knew the left and right met up someplace if you followed the two around the circle far enough.  It must be a populism thing.

This wasn't out there 6 years ago when I lived in Denver; I hadn't heard of this.  Googling around, here are some more pics:







Geez (4.00 / 1)
Normally I'm all for art and freedom of expression, but that thing creeps me out. Maybe from a distance (ie. arriving at the airport) it would look cool, but up close, it's scary!

Even so, perhaps we should instead be trying to achieve some sort of bipartisanship here. Next to the scary blue horse, let's put up some sort of demonic red creature, so that the GOP doesn't feel left out.


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You didn't follow the link. (0.00 / 0)
They're weird and, well, not anatomically correct. One part is more human than equine, another is not like any living thing that I know of.

Montani semper liberi

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there's a reason... (0.00 / 0)
why outsider art is so highly sought of and it's not because outsiders learn to make art in anatomically correct ways. Contemporary art is in no ways beholden to sizing things up correctly. Some may not like where high art has ended up, but it is a response to the past and its sometimes dogmatic conventions. when it comes down to it, this piece is better because as you state, doesn't try to stay true to equine features (although I'd argue that it doesn't go far enough).

like any piece of art, questions must be asked to get a sense of its value. Why did the artist use polychromed fiberglass, why is the horse blue, its eye's red? Why is the surface textured as so and what does the highly stylized features (mane, tale...) do to the overall concept?

Personally, from what I gather is that the artists didn't ever dabble in conceptual art and is a throwback to post modernist thought. Which is normal but in a way disappointing. What I do like about the artwork is that it breaks away from what people consider "good" art. It shatters the notion that aesthetically pleasing art should be the norm in our public spaces. That's a healthy debate that should be had.

Then again, if that was the artist intention, he should have gone 4 times bigger. Ugly can never be too big.


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Awesome (4.00 / 1)
It makes me feel better about America to know something like that exists.

I've lost exactly one ounce of respect for David Sirota. Good thing for him he has so many left.


I wonder... (4.00 / 3)
How elaborate the details are around David's cornhole?

Michelangelo's David, that is.

The horse has to stay.  I think it's cool.  


thanks David (4.00 / 1)
I now have the lovely demon horse's ass as my facebook picture.  

I am repulsed and entranced at the same time ;)


Exactly how I felt every time Donald Rumsfeld spoke in public (0.00 / 0)
"repulsed and entranced at the same time"

The repulsion won out in the end, just as I suspect I would come to loathe this sculpture if I had to see it every day.

"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


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Concourse A (0.00 / 0)
Have you ever wondered where the totally weird bronze sculpture of the WWII soldier at Midway Airport came from? Now you know. It's another authentic example of the American School of Articulated Scrotum Art.

No Trade for the Arch (0.00 / 0)
That horse is bizarre and I wonder if the real purpose is to scare away people from Denver ot to warn of the dangers of genetic engineering.  In any case, the Mile High City probably has a better economy, a better football team and even a bigger brewery but there is no better welcoming symbol than St. Louis'es Gateway Arch, which is officially titled the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

If its a scare tactic, its not working (0.00 / 0)
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/200...

Just read the linked headline.

"It sounds wrong...
     ...but its right."


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I love the Devil Horse (4.00 / 1)
Way to go Denver!

i'm not alone! (0.00 / 0)
As a Boulder resident, I had no idea other people hated that ridiculous piece as much as I did.  The story about the artist is quite macabre... now that I know, I want it gone even more than I did before.

this thing is so ugly that the solution... (0.00 / 0)
just might be to recreate it at 400% scale. It's just not large enough.

But the guy died making it! (0.00 / 0)
And he was making it specifically for the airport! How do you get rid of it after that?

i like it (0.00 / 0)
things in public are usually made to be boring

The Devil Horse is Awesome!!! (0.00 / 0)
Please don't take it down. If I am ever in Denver, I WILL have my picture taken with it.

My girlfriend hates the statue, (0.00 / 0)
but I love it. I call it 'the Nightmare' . . .

But yeah, anybody with an ounce of taste would want the thing removed. Not that it shouldn't be displayed, but it's highly out of place where it is. Better to stick it in front of Invesco or something, where the creepiness will be appreciated.


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