Denver International Airport knows how to pick sculpture. First there was the giant, blue, fiery-eyed “Mustang” dubbed “Bluecifer” that killed its own maker. Now, DIA deemed Anubis – a 26-foot tall, seven-ton jackal-head and Egyptian god of the dead – as appropriate airport public art mascot.
Some visitors are alarmed to be greeted by the Lord of the Underworld that usually ushers the dead through their afterlife journey, but Anubis also watches over prized pharaoh possessions. Tap it for good luck not to have your luggage looted by overzealous TSA?
One Denver resident blames the curatorial decision on geography:
It’s because the elevation is high … and as a result everyone in Denver is probably high or crazy. All kinds of weird things happen here.