Here are 6 disturbing things you probably never knew about Denver’s blue mustang.
1. The blue mustang has been unofficially known by such names as the “Denver Demon Mustang,” “Bluecifer,” “DIAblo,” and “Satan’s Stallion.”
2. A Denver art panel commissioned $300,000 to sculptor Luis Jimenez to create the 32-foot fiberglass horse before DIA was opened, according to the Denver post.
3. After Jimenez missed completion deadlines, the city filed a lawsuit to push its completion.
The city files a lawsuit against Jimenez for the $165,000 it had paid up front, but agreed to drop the suit if the sculpture was finished by the end of the year. Sculpture not completed.
4. In 2006 while completing the mustang, an unsecured piece of the 9,000 pound sculpture fell on 66-year-old Jimenez killing him.
Jiminez was by himself in his studio rushing to finish the nearly-completed Mustang. He was reportedly using a rope to hoist a section of the sculpture into place so it could be welded. The hoist broke and the piece fell on the 66-year-old, pinning him to the ground and slicing an artery in his leg. Jiminez died on his studio floor.
5. The sculpture was installed two years later after the death of Jimenez, and the city ended up paying $650,000. More than double what it had originally intended.
6. Since Jimenez’s death, the sculpture has often been called “cursed.”