Fifteen years after Luis Jimenez began sculpting the rearing mustang that later fell and killed him, the towering statue is taking its place on Peña Boulevard.
Jimenez died June 13, 2006, when a large piece of the sculpture — titled “Mustang” — slipped from the hoist he used to move it and pinned him against a steel beam in his studio in Hondo, N.M.
Denver officials commissioned “Mustang” from Jimenez in 1992.
But its completion was plagued by delays. Jimenez missed four deadlines — the latest only days before he died.
“All that was left was the paint, and there was a little bit of concern about how to handle that, said Kendall Peterson, public art administrator in the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. “His studio — his son — ended up finishing the painting with colors mixed in his records, so it can be considered Luis’ work.”
Anxiously I fly
apocalyptic hell beast
fails to soothe my nerves.
Big blue horse beckons
Fiery, red eyes glowering
Good bye one horse town.
It is certainly a work that looks creepy unsuspecting stranger when he arrives at the airport in Denver.
It seems to be hell watching that awful statue …
We publish an email we received, which turns on Face book for a long time with the aim of raising awareness as many people as possible to the world and finally remove the statue in question.
From http://blogyourmind.libero.it – If you pass the airport in Denver,Colorado, the first thing that appears before your eyes is a 9-meter highsculpture depicting a prancing horse, a mustang to be exact . Such workwould undoubtedly George Romero, maybe for one of his zombie movies.The reason is plain, the quadruped is bluish in color, with two very skeletal and flaming red eyes that make it very very reassuring, especially for those who then has to board a plane. The statue, which cost $ 650 000 has beenpositioned on site exactly one year ago, but now many people are organizing to have it removed and the case is finished to the attention of the media. The local organizer of the protest is an entrepreneur, that RachelHultin, that among the various initiatives proposed sending the mayor of the town of poetry haiku style that was very successful. The lyrics are to this effect: “Because of this stuff / people think of being in hell / instead ofDenver.”
Beyond the actual ugliness of the horse to the bar’s bad reputation is the fact that the artist who did it, Luis Jimenez, died while he was completing theassembly of the sculpture hit by a piece that broke off and fell on him.