Conspiracy Theory: DIA

Zoe Vescera, Staffer

If there’s any airport you want to spend a four-hour delay, it’s Denver International Airport. Full of odd building quirks and weirdly morbid artwork, DIA is never boring. But is it all just meant to make your unplanned free time more interesting, or is there an underlying meaning to it all that conspiracy theorists have been pointing to all along?


  1. That’s Not A Nice Horse


Just your friendly neighborhood evil blue horse statue. Originally titled ‘Mustang’ but nicknamed ‘Blucifer’ by theorists, it’s pretty menacing on its own. When getting into the history, though, it gets worse.


The original artist, Luis Jimenez, was already famous for the unique ability to capture motion in his sculptures. Creepily enough, Jimenez was killed by the movement of his own statue. In 2006, a piece of the unfinished statue fell off and severed an artery in his leg. He died in his studio in New Mexico, killed by his own creation.


Combined with this information and the fact that its eyes glow red 24 hours of the day, some theorists believe Blucifer symbolizes the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death, from the biblical book of Revelations.


  1. I’m Sorry, How Much Did It Cost?



Another particularly interesting quirk of the airport is the actual cost and schedule it was supposed to run at. The actual opening of DIA was February 28, 1995 – sixteen months behind schedule. What caused that, you ask?


According to an archived New York Times article from 1995, there were various construction problems, as well as contracting problems and financial difficulties. But do those really explain why the airport cost 2 billion dollars more than the budget allotted?


Not really, no. Theorists (and a few whistleblowers, such as construction workers who worked on the airport) say that the extra money was used to build a five-story building that was suddenly ‘buried’ underneath the airport.


Well, then, what’s it for? They believe the building is actually a collection of bunkers for the global elite to hide in when the nuclear apocalypse annihilates the Earth.


  1. Construction problems, you say?



Lots of conspiracy theories around DIA involve the “underground tunnels” that apparently run beneath. While there’s no conclusive evidence to support this theory, there’s one interesting mention of some puzzling vibrations in the floor. Nobody could figure out why – not even the engineers. During the opening of the airport, the Mayor at the time – Wellington Webb – said that even he had felt the vibrations, but couldn’t explain them.


So, are they the underground tunnels, or (the widely-believed explanation) is it just the transit system running from gate to gate?


  1. They’re Real!


Now, there’s a lot of interesting things written on this capstone. Some may say it looks absolutely normal – at a glance. If you look closer, there are some pretty weird references to some pretty weird things.


Most identifiable is the insignia placed almost right in the middle of the capstone. This is actually the insignia for the Freemason Society. Yes, the very real, very secret society of people who trace their lineage all the way back to the stonemasons – that’s their insignia right there. This indicates that they might’ve financed DIA. That’s understandably weird.


Where it gets weirder is that, if you’re up-to-date on your Freemasonry knowledge, the ‘Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. and A.M. of Colorado’ is, as stated, a Grand Lodge, or a governing body over the Freemason ‘Lodges,’ basic organizational units of the Freemason society. On the left is the ‘Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge,’ another Grand Lodge.


The most unknown part of the capstone is the bottom, where it says “New World Airport Commission.” Doing a quick Google search for this will bring you down a rabbit hole that ends with a conductor named Charles Ansbacher.


Was he a Freemason? Was he part of the New World Order, a secret underground group that covertly runs the world through a network of individuals? It was never found out. All that’s known about his involvement with the airport is that he commissioned the next odd, substantially creepier tenets of the building.


We might not know much about it, but don’t feel nervous. Even though yes, the Freemasons exist, and yes, they built Cherokee Trail, there’s nothing to be scared of, right?




  1. What Does This Have To Do With Aviation?


The phrase “substantially creepier” might’ve been an understatement. There are several of these paintings throughout the airport, making the travelers hurry past uncomfortably. This particular one features a wall of trees being destroyed by fire as young children and animals scream. A whale rides a wave of red water towards a terrified young woman. In the ground, three corpses are visible, all with glowing eyes. Many theorists believe it symbolizes the New World Order’s takeover of our world.

This painting features what theorists think is a nazi soldier, having killed children and about to kill more, next to a line of weeping women and the ruined remains of what seems to be a city.


There are more, but these are the two most suspicious-looking. They were painted by Chicano muralist Leo Tanguma, who is also known for creepy, fear-inducing murals that feature pieces chilling to the bone.


Worst is a quote from a young Jewish boy in Auschwitz. The boy was HanuŠ Hachenburg, a young poet. He and a few other boys he was with secretly published a weekly magazine called Vedem. While it doesn’t have a specified connection to any conspiracy theory, it’s still pretty unorthodox.


DIA has a lot of interesting features, but they tend to creep onto the anxiety-inducing side of weird. The big question, no matter the explanation, is always there: Are the conspiracy theories true? Are the theorists right?