Denver International Airport participated in the April Fool’s “fun” Friday, posting on Facebook that the airport was holding a vote to repaint its infamous horse statue.
“He’s tall, he’s an icon, he’s very Colorado, and he has great conversations about public art,” the airport wrote. “But he’s not, as some have called him, ‘Blucifer’.”
To counteract the less than free nickname, the airport offered new color options including color swatches of “Morning Sunshine”, “Soft Chinchilla” and “Elephant Pink”.
The airport confirmed to Mashable that voting on the paint job is just a ploy.
However, commentators were quick to get involved as they are not fans of the statue.
“I wish this wasn’t an April Fool’s joke because this horse looks really creepy,” one commenter wrote. “It’s not the blue color that has given him the nickname ‘Blucifer’ – it’s his bright red demonic-looking eyes!”
“It’s not the blue color that has given him the nickname ‘Blucifer’ – it’s his bright red demonic-looking eyes!”
The 32 foot horse was installed on the airport grounds in April 2008 and was quickly nicknamed “Blucifer” – which is “blue” and “Lucifer” to put it bluntly – because of its unnatural color, bright red eyes, and because it killed its creator.
Part of Blue Mustang’s 9,000-pound fiberglass body crushed sculptor Luis Jiménez in 2006.
Some commenters either didn’t want the post to be a joke or they may not have noticed.
“I hope that’s true because I’m one of the people who call him ‘Blucifer’,” wrote one commentator. “It honestly has nothing to do with its color other than those demonic looking red eyes and the fact that it killed the artist.”
“Hey guys, maybe you need to fix your eyes too,” wrote another person. “That’s why I call him the devil horse … the eyes kill me.”
However, at the end of the day, one cannot turn to the haters.
“Keep it blue,” wrote another commenter. “It’s the red eyes that make it look that way. Either way, there will always be negative people. They won’t be happy no matter what you do.”
April Fools. Blucifer is here to stay.
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