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Denver International Airport knows art?

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In November 2013 Denver International Airport was named "Best Airport for Art" by a USA Today 10 Best Reader's Choice contest.

DIA is a gallery in itself, with more than 25 public art installations and various exhibitions that are featured in the terminal, the construction areas and even the train tunnels.

The airport is visual feast for those who take the time to look around.

The installation aptly named "Relax" is a minimalist and zen-like collection of colors and phrases that span near the A gates.

In the Jeppesen terminal on level 5 you will find an installation by artist Leo Tanguma named "Children of the World Dream of Peace." The collection of murals tells the story of peace prevailing over war and hate and has caused a stir among conspiracy theorists who feel the overall tone of the pieces is strange and frightening.

Notre Denver is an installation of 2 Bronze Gargolyes, positioned in open suitcases. They overlook the east and west baggage claim areas "insuring the safe arrival of baggage."

It would be challenging to find a person living in Colorado who has not seen or heard of the "Mustang." The diabolical, red eyed horse is a 32-foot cast-fiberglass sculpture that greets drivers along Pena Boulevard with a startling snarl. The story of the sculpture is just as infamous as the horse itself. The artist, Luis Jiménez, was killed when the head of the sculpture fell on him, severing his femoral artery.

Art, whether disturbing or beautiful, is worth taking the time to appreciate and DIA has done a fine job giving the public plenty to see and consider.

One could easily spend hours viewing every installation in the airport. If you are facing a long layover in Denver, or if you enjoy getting to the airport early, this is a fun way to spend some time. Grab a coffee and treat the airport like a museum.

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