Should Morbid Paintings Line the Walls of Denver International Airport

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Should Morbid Paintings Line the Walls of Denver International Airport

DENVER, CO – Horrific murals line the walls of Denver International Airport, however most travelers fail to notice the Denver Airport Paintings or their sinister meanings. Upon closer look one must wonder why such artwork is on display in a public place such as an International Airport? The images shown in this article are far from soothing and came as a cost to tax payers at around $100,000.

Order of Chaos

This mural has me at a loss for words, titled “Order of Chaos” could this be a sign of times to come? We see a military figure that resembles a German SS soldier wearing a gas mask with a machine gun in one hand and a sword stabbing a dove in the other. The dove, a symbol that has been used in post-war peace movements shown being stabbed doesn’t sit well with this author, not sure about you?


-On the left side of the mural is a mother holding a dead baby with hundreds of other mothers lined up doing the same.

-In the right lower corner (you can barely see it in the photo) is a piece of paper containing an actual poem written Hama Herchenberg a 14 year old who died in a Nazi concentration camp. The letter is, a chilling reminder of events that happened less then 100 years ago:

“I once was a little child who longed for other worlds
but I am no more a child for I have known fear
I have learned to hate how tragic, then, is youth
which lives with enemies, with gallows ropes.
Yet, I still believe I only sleep today. that I’ll wake up,
a child again, and start to laugh and play.

Hama Herchenberg, 14 years old..died December 18, 1943
Auschwitz Concentration camp”.

Denver Airport Murals




Aside from the forest and city burning, children laying in coffins and animals that seem to be extinct these seems to be nice pieces of artwork created by Leo Tanguma a Chicano muralist.

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10 CommentsAdd yours

  • Comrades in the Glorious Hopetopia - August 3, 2012 Reply

    Thanks for the tip. I’ll be avoiding the people’s republik of Colorado.

  • a d - June 6, 2012 Reply

    Terrible things happen. The worst you could do is turn away from them, pretend they never happened, or take away that moment of thought and reverence for the people who suffered through them. Every moment in human history is valuable to the development of humanity as a whole, and turning away from images too “horrific” to contemplate, will result in a humanity that won’t even recognize how awful and terrible it can be so that it may never be that way again. I read that letter by Hama for the first time because of this, and I am both saddened and glad to have been called to attention on the existence of something so poignant that I may have never read, something so incredibly sad that it made me wonder what good I could do for a humanity so riddled with ailments that continue to be shoved under the proverbial rug. Don’t blame the messenger for bringing to the light all of those ugly things, blame the shortcomings of humans in general, and hope to your gods that the future that you create will not end with murals so full of pain and strife.

  • naghma - May 3, 2012 Reply

    what about the Muslim children dying after 9/11. In order to avoid hatred among them for the world we must do something.

  • Art Lover - April 20, 2012 Reply

    I love art in all of its forms; however, I’m really weirded out that these sort of paintings are on display at a public airport. That’s really creepy and bizzare. Not the sort of images I’d want to see prior to boarding a plane…

    • Art Lover - April 20, 2012 Reply

      *bizarre (sorry for the typo!)

  • Brent m - December 8, 2011 Reply

    Mike, I’m too stoned to write a long reply but I’ll just say I completely agree with you.

    @James, you’re a uneducated douchebag who sounds like a 40 year old World of Warcraft player who in his spare time looks for places he can troll at. Get off your high horse buddy!

    The point of this article is NOT to critique the artwork! It’s making a point as to asking why the hell this art is being displayed LARGELY (as in full wall murals) in a SUPER HUGE public airport! It as in art in general is very GOOD but has no place in where it’s being displayed (shoved in our faces).

    If these paintings just freak you out, why not check out the COINCIDENTAL layout of the airport being in the shape of a swastika, or the RED eyed stallion, or the fact the airport and surrounding acreage is TWICE the size of Manhattan!

    But who am I, it’s just an airport…


    • Mike Hardaker - December 8, 2011 Reply


      Thanks for the reply and for getting the message in the story!! Glad to have you reading the Mountain Weekly News


  • James - November 10, 2011 Reply

    Not sure what qualifies you to criticize or judge the art and the artist – but without even looking at the amazing art your ripping on I can tell by your article you have a very narrow and less than educated view on these pieces and on all art in general – I find it hard to believe and then UBER DISAPPOINTING to realize someone with such a narrow view is involved in publishing anything……where the hell are you from anyway ? That you have cultivated such delicate senses, that these paintings put you off so much – you honestly sound a little like an old lady from the middle ages when art was only to be depictions of the Christian God or something approved ofby the church – and where are you getting your facts about this – have you actually asked the people riding through the airport in mass what their feelings about them are? Maybe talk to the artist? – every god dam credit card slinging, thoughtless lazy zombie who rides through that airport on their way to ski gulf and boat or slave for gold or run from responsibility needs to see just what is going on when thy pump gas, and tromp about the planet without a second thought to what it takes to make it all move under your Vans and Pradas and mindlessly vote to ok war. – Especially those who are offended by it’s realities —-get it yet?

  • Patrick - November 8, 2011 Reply

    To be fair, you didn’t show his most beautiful and important mural at DIA. all 4 murals tell a story, and you reported on the violent ones. The mural titled “in peace and harmony with nature” is pictured here on his website.

    It is modern art, and it recognizes the current state of the world, and leaves the admirer with a hopeful message, as long as someone doesn’t distort the message by reporting on the negative aspect. If you do continue this story, please present all the facts, and don’t insult an amazing artist by calling his murals horrific.

    • Mike Hardaker - November 8, 2011 Reply


      Sounds like a great story idea! However as many readers have agreed the murals are horrific and have been changed and taken down after numerous complaints. Keep in mind this has been our most popular story for months..


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