Many of our tripchi readers have surely traveled through DEN – but if you’ve ever taken a slightly closely look as you’re transiting through, you may have noticed some subtly bizarre elements throughout the airport, leading quite a few people to suspect a conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport.
Now this conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport isn’t just localized (confined to the Denver community) – it is a national phenomena, owing largely to the belief that the US Government has a silent hand.
First of all, let’s talk about the art at DEN. Remember the weird red-eyed horse we wrote about here in our Earth Day celebrations post?
This stature, called the “Blue Mustang” already has killed his maker (the sculptor, Luis Jiménez, died of blood loss in 2006 when part of the statue broke off and fell on him).
re greeted by a giant horse with glowing red eyes, and one of the terminals is decorated with a massive statue of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of death.
What about the crazy murals, that only fan the flames of the conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport? The artist, Leo Tanguma, has created two full-length wall murals near the baggage claim area titled: “Children of the World Dream of Peace” and “In Peace and Harmony with Nature.” Sounds peaceful, right? Let’s take a closer look.
I don’t know about you all, but I see a ghastly seen of a little child, aseep – either being threatened or protected by a death-masked creature with a sword an an AK-47. This is a post-apocalyptic scene, ominous, creepy and seriously inappropriate for an airport (as if enough people aren’t already afraid of flying and terrorist attacks!?). To be fair, this is just one of a series of murals, which actually shows good dominating over evil in the end and all the children of the world standing hand in hand singing kumbaya. Either way, these interesting murals and sculptures (and I didn’t even show you the sculpture of Anubis, and the puzzling Masonic plaques scattered about the airport) add to the allure of the conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport.
Now, what about the shape of DEN airport itself and how it was constructed?
Construction of the airport concluded in 1995, 2 years behind schedule and $2B over budget. Many local Denverites didn’t understand the need for the new airport, as the Stapleton Airport, located just 6 miles outside of Denver, was really convenient. A conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport therefore began to circulate – that the true reason the airport needed to be built was to hide something underneath. Theorists believe that there’s a 360,000 sq. foot bunker, built by the New World Order under the airport to save the world’s leaders in case of a nuclear apocalypse (there are known tunnels in the airport – consider the train). Truly, the Stapleton Airport, while convenient, was just not big enough to serve the Denver metro area, which as rapidly growing. But the myth perpetuated nonetheless.
People also question the shape, and add that as another conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport.
Perhaps the most efficient configuration was simply in the shape of a swastika? Or, perhaps not.
Even the DEN airport officials got in the joke, and pretended that the conspiracy theory at Denver International Airport actually existed – on April Fool’s. We covered that here on the tripchi blog. DEN airport officials tweeted tweeting about the conspiracy theories at Denver International Airport using the handle @DIAsecrets and with the hashtag #DIABunker. Or, maybe the airport was just deflecting comments that were actually true, playing them off as a gag?
Are these conspiracy theories at Denver international Airport true or not? At the very least, it’s a fact that the DEN art is weird and creepy, and that there a number of coincidences around the airport that are almost too strange to be mere coincidences. Next time you head to DEN, spend some time at the airport with the tripchi airport app, and decide for yourself.