DENVER (CBS4) — Denver’s infamous “big blue horse” is officially a teenager. Known to many as “Blucifer,” the 32-foot-tall sculpture with red eyes was installed at Denver International Airport and unveiled on Feb. 11, 2008.
The sculpture, which is actually named “Blue Mustang,” was created by New Mexico artist Luis Jiménez.READ MORE: Mountain Weather Turns Stormy Sunday, Some Could Get First Snow Early Next Week
Jiménez was killed in 2006, at age 65, when the head of the unfinished sculpture fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. His son — and professional race-car painters — finished the sculpture.READ MORE: Suzanne Morphew Murder: Judge Decides To Move Forward With Barry Morphew Trial
Jiménez is credited with helping transform the definition of public art in the U.S. with his larger-than-life, debate-provoking fiberglass sculptures.
Known for his colorful and massive sculptures of Mexican cowboys, fiesta dancers and wild mustangs, Jimenez helped open the door for other Mexican-American artists. He was sought out by dozens of cities to create public art and now he’s represented everywhere from a busy walkway at the University of New Mexico to the steps of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.MORE NEWS: Denver School Board Votes To Censure Tay Anderson
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