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Supposed Hidden Messages In Denver Airport Artwork, According To Conspiracy Theories  

Jacob Shelton
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Conspiracy theories about the Denver International Airport (DIA) often involve the admittedly creepy art that exists throughout the terminals. Due to a few unexplainable structures within the airport, the DIA has been the subject of conspiracy theories and speculation since its construction in the early 1990s. Most of the theories have to do with a series of murals, but every piece of art that decorates or has decorated the DIA is believed to be a deep well of symbolism. Many theorists believe that the artwork at the airport references a nefarious plan for a New World Order takeover, while some of the other pieces seem to hint at a dark history. 

Whether or not travelers or Denver locals subscribe to the theories that abound about the airport, there is no denying the inherent darkness apparently surrounding each piece of suspicious artwork. Every mural, statue, and floor inlay is considerably creepier than your run-of-the-mill airport art. At the very least, you may have to wonder: What does the art in the Denver International Airport mean?

The Freemason Capstone Was Funded By 'The New World Airport Commission' 
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The Denver International Airport is rife with Freemasonry symbols. The Masonic capstone in the Jeppesen Terminal is shrouded in conspiracy. First of all, it is engraved with the famous square and compass symbol of Freemasonry and mentions two of the main lodges in Colorado. Also, when the date of the dedication is added together (1+9+1+9+9+4 ) it equals 33, a particularly significant number to Freemasons.

The stone is also dedicated to the "The New World Airport Commission," which theorists suggest is a reference to the Nazi group that called themselves the "New World Order." The Freemasons explain that "The New World Airport Commission" is actually the name of a group of businesses who wanted to create a "new, world-class" airport. Even skeptics note, however, that there is no other evidence a group called "The New World Airport Commission" ever existed. 

The Blue Mustang Is Said To Be Cursed
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The Blue Mustang statue looming outside the Denver International Airport attracts plenty of attention - and not all of it is good. During its construction, a piece of the statue's head fell on its creator, Luis Jimémenez, and ended him. This bad omen has led many conspiracy theorists to believe that the mustang is cursed, also landing it the unfortunate nickname "Blucifer."

Conspiracy theorist William Tapley believes that the statue also holds deep phallic symbolism, and that the mustang, in general, is "very masculine." Both that imagery and its ominous connections have led some people to speculate that Blucifer will eventually bring about the apocalypse by transporting one of the four horsemen to Earth. 

A Statue Of Anubis, The God Of Death, Stands At The Airport's Entrance
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The last thing anyone wants to see upon entering an airport is a statue of the Egyptian god of death, Anubis. But when the King Tut exhibit passed through the Denver Art Museum in 2010, so did a statue of a man with the head of a jackal.

Residents noted the symbolism of Anubis and they weren't happy. Millie Lieberman spoke to the Denver Post, saying: "The black on it represents the decaying body. To me it's a very sick and poor representation of what we're all about here in Denver." While the symbolism Lieberman is alluding to is partially correct, the skin of Anubis also represents the fertile soil of Nile.

The Suitcase Gargoyle Might Be A Fallen Angel Or Demon
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In one section of the airport there's a statue of a gargoyle coming out of a suitcase. It's a cheeky nod to the tradition of gargoyles being used to scare away evil spirits, but some theorists believe there's something evil in the symbolism. Blogger L.A. Marzulli believes the statue is actually a demon or a fallen angel that's glaring over travelers near the baggage carousel: 

It is an open suitcase but the contents are not clothes! It is a winged creature with horns and a tail! Is it a depiction of a fallen angel? Has it been hiding in some unfortunate man or woman's suitcase? A bigger question for me is what is this "art" doing at the Denver airport?