Airport Security: Gargoyles!
gargoyle watcher, Terry Murray, reports
from the road:
once heard about a pair of gargoyles that helped oversee the luggage
at Denver International Airport, so when traveling West recently
on business I took a rare opportunity to "sight-see"
the baggage claim area.
Notre Denver by artist Terry Allen, their stated purpose
is "to oversee and ensure that baggage will arrive safely
at Denver International Airport."
for good reason.
months behind schedule and several million dollars over budget,
finally opened on Feb. 28, 1995. Among the many problems contributing
to the delay was the installation of an overly ambitious baggage
was to have been fully computerized, incorporating bar-code technology,
and requiring fewer personnel and less space. As
it happened, the "state-of-the-art" system mangled the
luggage that it didn't jettison off conveyor belts.
given their baggage claim history, it's not surprising DIA now
has its own protective gargoyles to watch over it.
airport itself is grand in scale, and has what is said to be the
art program in American history with a budget of $7.5
Denver is, of course, one of the more eye-catching aspects
of the program and never fails to delight adults while providing
a welcome distraction to junior travelers-in-training.
two cast bronze figures - flanking either side of the baggage
claim area - are a dynamic duo each seated in (what else?) their
Murray is Clinical Editor for The Medical Post
in Toronto, Canada. All photos © Terry Murray 2003.