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Denver International Airport Conspiracy: The Murals

Updated on July 15, 2012

Denver International Airport Conspiracy: The Murals

Following my first hub regarding the conspiracy theory surrounding the Denver International Airport, I received a couple of comments regarding the murals painted throughout the main terminal. At first glance I will concede that these murals are exceptionally strange, and I can see how a person could become intrigued by them. It is after all an airport, should such strange artwork be found in this particular medium.

I'm not an art snob, I will freely admit that I know next to nothing about it. What I will also admit to is that regardless of what conspiracy theorist conclude about the murals, I will base my interpretation of them based on what the artist says his intended meaning is. That being said...let's dive in with both feet shall we?

Children of the World Dream of Peace: Frame One

Frame one of the mural "Children of the World Dream of Peace" by artist Leo Tanguma.
Frame one of the mural "Children of the World Dream of Peace" by artist Leo Tanguma. | Source

"Children of the World Dream of Peace" is a two part mural by artist Leo Tanguma and receives the most attention from conspiracy theorists. The first frame depicts what appears to be some sort of Nazi soldier in a particularly threatening posture, very dark and truly menacing. What the mural also depicts is a long line of parents clinging to their dead children and weeping. This portion of the mural also depicts a poem written by a child who died at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

Conspiracy theorist interpret this portion, and the mural as a whole, as the approaching Apocalypse and the end of days. The problem, which is clearly stated by one of the conspiracy sites, is that they choose to interpret the mural from left to right. This is completely understandable based on the fact that we read from left to right, so one cannot be faulted for this.

The problem is that the mural is intended to be interpreted from right to left, thus the mural depicting the suffering of humans should be the first frame. In this interpretation, this frame of the mural is the beginning, meaning that the menacing and suffering of man is the beginning mural and not a prediction of how the world ends.

Based on this interpretation it stands to reason that frame one of the mural is showing the horrors of World War Two and the Holocaust as a jumping off point and not the end of the world. In this interpretation what is interpreted to be a fading rainbow at the top of the mural is actually the beginning of the rainbow in this frame and getting more broad and brighter as the world moves away from the horrors of World War Two. It then flows perfectly into the second frame of the mural.

Children of the World Dream of Peace: Frame Two

Frame two of the two part mural "Children of the World Dream of Peace" by artist Leo Tanguma
Frame two of the two part mural "Children of the World Dream of Peace" by artist Leo Tanguma | Source

The second frame of the mural is far more elaborate, as one can clearly see just by looking at it. It is much bigger and has considerably more characters involved. The mural depicts the children of the world, who have all come together in peace, collecting over the corpse of the dead soldier from the first frame. The children then choose to take all the world's swords and beat them into plowshares, inspired by verses from the Bible.

Again, if the mural is interpreted from left to right, this would be the first frame and the rainbow would be diminishing from left to right and the happy children of the world would be falling to the menacing and evil soldier. What they fail to attempt to explain is the fact that, if this is the first frame, why does the soldier appear dead in frame one and alive and menacing in frame two? They often mention it but never offer any explanation for it, could it be because it doesn't fit into the theory?

This mural is certainly obscure and open to interpretation, based on the artist's instruction of interpreting the mural from right to left, it flies in the face of the basis of their argument.

In Peace and Harmony with Nature

The mural "In Peace and Harmony with Nature" by artist Leo Tanguma.
The mural "In Peace and Harmony with Nature" by artist Leo Tanguma. | Source

The theory behind "In Peace and Harmony with Nature" is that after that menacing soldier from "Children of the World Dream of Peace" and his cohorts have ridden the Earth of the last of their enemies, they are now celebrating around some sort of glowing apparition that appears to be some sort of plant. They also conclude that in this mural, extinct species have return and now being protected by a wall of glass that was meant to protect them from the Apocalypse that claimed most of humanity.

In actuality, the species being kept behind the glass are not being protected from the Apocalypse but rather have fallen victim to the over exploitation of the planet's resources and can now only be found in museums. Tanguna, being of Mayan descent, included in the mural some Mayan symbols and decorations; leading the conspiracy theorists to suggest that it is a reference to the predicted end of humanity that is alleged to occur in December of this year. Clearly it is simply an example of an artist drawing upon what he knows, a Mayan using Mayan symbols and decorations in his mural is far Apocalyptic.


In conclusion, after having admitted that the murals are a bit strange, the artist's explanation of them shows that there is no reason to believe that these murals are somehow showing how the end of the world will come and that DIA will be the headquarters for the New World Order. Again I ask the same question as I concluded the first part of this series with...if the Illuminati are somehow plotting the end of the world and taking over after the dust has settled...would they really be broadcasting their plans for all to see?

In the next installment I will take a look at the other symbols found within the airport itself, artwork, strange languages, Masonic symbols and other odd articles throughout.


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      jimbolu 5 years ago

      when I was in college I learned the so called 'leftes communist et al' Degas painted the murals at the Los Angeles Trainstation(or was it San Francisco) as well as in the art museum in Detroit Michigan....Power to the people and all of that! Why would some city pay for the hideous murals at Denver's airport.What is the underlying theme...I really want to go up in an airplane after contemplating one of these "germs"while awaiting my flight on stand-by if such a point still exists.IT IS S-S- Scary!

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      rlbert00 6 years ago from USA

      I certainly wouldn't have known to interpret the two part mural from right to left and can see how one can get confused, I certainly was. After reading the artist's explanation of the mural it certainly becomes much more clear and certainly much more innoucous than how many choose to look at. That unfortunately won't change and it probably shouldn't, but the idea of some vast conspiracy and of one huge network laying out their plan for for global domination on the walls of an airport seems almost silly at times.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      Wow, these are very interesting and leave much to individual interpretation. I would not have seen what you described unless I read this hub first. The artist must have had his purpose but not sure the average person can follow it. I do love the colors of the Children of The World Dream of Peace in spite of the difficult theme. All in all, art is an expression of one's soul and mind so we must respect the vision. Thanks for the education!