Blucifer and Denver International Airport


“His assumption that their destination was the citadel of New Denver was soon confirmed by the appearance of the landmark statue of the rearing blue stallion below with its illuminated piercing red eyes. It looked as ominous as ever. River had an affinity for horses but this immense statue twisted the serene nature of a horse into something quite evil. He knew the myth that it had crushed and killed its own sculptor on completion. Looking at it, River felt foreboding about his imminent captivity in this walled citadel which his people called the Blue Horse City. It had once been an airport but nobody that went there now ever returned. Looking due west, he could make out old Denver City far in the distance. He had been to the site; now in ruins, with Isa. A bleak place, quite derelict and largely deserted, although rumors of marauders and cannibals living among the ruins, circulated back home in Avana.”  [excerpt from Beyond the Pale : The Outlander]

In Beyond the Pale, the citadel of New Denver has been built on the 53sq mile site of Denver International Airport. The only parts of the original airport that remain are its extensive complex of purposely buried buildings and the 32ft statue of the blue mustang that lies just outside the gates of the perimeter walls.

The  sculpture of a seemingly bloodthirsty bronco is the work of artist Luis Jiménez. Commissioned as public art for the airport and installed in 2008, the horse represents the wild spirit of the old American west. It has also come to represent death, destruction, and deluded debates.

See photos of the Mustang and other public art installations around the city. Courtesy of Denver International Airport © 2009 Estate of Luis A. Jimenez, Jr. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York {Courtesy of Denver International Airport © 2009 Estate of Luis A. Jimenez, Jr. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York}

‘Blucifer’ hadn’t even been unveiled when the bad vibes began — in 2006, Jimenez died after a section of the 9,000-pound sculpture fell on him and severed an artery in his leg.

Two years later, the beast that killed its creator went on display at the airport. The horse’s cobalt color, glowing red eyes, and fierce face immediately attracted public ire. In addition to railing against the Blue Mustang’s ugliness, Denver residents have voiced concerns that the horse is cursed due to its role in Jiménez’s demise.

Denver airport itself has attracted some wild conspiracy theories over the years. When it opened in 1995 — 16 months behind schedule and way, way over budget — a few of the more paranoid citizenry began asking questions. Why was it so expensive? Why the plethora of unmarked buildings? Could they have been built atop secret subterranean command bunkers for the New World Order? Why are the runways shaped like a swastika, sort of, if you look at them from above and cover some other buildings with your hand and squint a little?

The Blue Mustang, with its Horsemen of the Apocalypse feel, merely adds another element of intrigue to the cluster of conspiracies at Denver International. Despite the bad vibes and petitions for its removal, the hellacious horse continues to maintain its watch over the airport.

DIA & The Airport City 

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is nestled on a vast 53 square mile complex and is the largest airport in the United States. It serves over 50 million passengers a year and is now incorporating a massive new project called “Airport City” an aerotropolis which has been presented publicly by the Mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock.

The new aerotropolis will incorporate an expansive business district with new lodging as well as an agricultural and technical district within the confines of the airport property to attract more revenue to Denver’s growing economy. Will this emerging city one day transform into New Denver, the fictional citadel in Beyond the Pale.

In 2010, DIA and the City and County of Denver took a major step in DIA’s evolution to fulfill its gateway role by inviting firms from around the world to submit proposals to assist DIA in planning, assessing and creating an Airport City at DIA as the core of and competitive accelerator for the emerging Denver aerotropolis.

‘The Facility’ [the underground complex]

The first construction phases of the airport started in the early 1990′s, there have been several indicators that something else may be taking place on or under the grounds of the 53 square mile complex.

The airport was built in the middle of nowhere despite having a perfectly good, functional airport 19 miles closer to the city.  The construction of which went way over budget.  And in flat lands they moved about the third of the earth they moved to build the panama canal. Initially the airport site was excavated and included seven four-storey buildings which were declared to be defunct and then buried completely rather than be demolished. These original seven buildings are purported to make up the main offices managing a deep underground base and main spoke of a tunnel network which links to other underground bases in the South West including the military underground facilities in the Cheyenne mountains, and at Dulce NM.
A nearly 3 mile long tunnel heads out from the intermediary entrance “BE64B“, to a full-blown Department of Defense (DOD) sanctioned militarized entrance nestled in a set of 5 buildings 120′ beneath the surface located Northeast of the Jeppesen Terminal.

Some speculate that a deep underground military facility, part of the Continuity of Government (COG) program exists on the site. A massive underground city to be used by our government in the event that Washington or our central governments command hub is compromised. According to some investigative reports, including one headed up by the former Governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, the underground city that lies beneath the airport quite possibly connects to other deep underground military installations throughout the country.

The Department of Defense “Air Transportation Program” contracts United Airlines to fly VIP’s, sitting Senators, Congressmen, and top elected officials including Head’s of State to-and-fro the main COG hub located on DIA grounds. It did not escape attention that at the during a high defense condition alert involving the Iranian crisis in Sept 2012, President Obama and the vice president were both flown to the Denver airport in Airforce One.

“Underground?” enquired River.

Carlson added, “This district is situated directly over many of the main access points to the underground tunnel networks, and there is a whole underground complex down there. This is where most of New Denver’s goods are either imported or exported. They are transported underground on automated rail systems to other metropolis. The extensive underground complex and tunnel systems pre-date this citadel. They were built when the original airport was constructed.”

“What did they use them for?” River asked.

“Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe military bases, maybe for civil evacuation, but they went deep; Up to two miles down. We use the rail network and the upper levels now for the transit port. If they have any other use, Sgt. Scott and I are not aware.”

[excerpt Beyond the Pale]


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