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Denver Airport Proposal, Cattle Drive

Denver Airport Proposal, Cattle Drive

Artist: Luís Jiménez (1940 El Paso Texas - 2006 Hondo, New Mexico)

Department: Art
Date: 1990
Medium: colored pencil on paper
20 × 70 1/4 in. (50.8 × 178.4 cm)
Classification: Drawings, Pastels & Watercolors
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase and gift of David Leard and Jennifer Murphy
Object number: PC2014.58.2
DescriptionProposal drawing for art work design for the Denver International Airport depicting men on horses roping cattle
Not on view
Label Text:In 1990, Jiménez was commissioned by the Denver International Airport to complete a sculpture reflecting the life and experience of the Southwest. He proposed a massive sculpture of a blue mustang, explaining that he wanted to pay tribute to the mustang which was closely tied to human habitation of the American West. About the Denver proposal, Jiménez stated:

What I’ve proposed for Denver is a mustang scenic overlook. I am also proposing a series of plaques tracing the history of the American mustang from the original reintroduction of the horse by the Spaniards, to the Indian pony that they developed from the mustang, then the American cow pony and quarter horse that was developed from mustangs.

The 32-foot sculpture (Mesteño) was completed by Jiménez’s family and studio assistants after he was tragically killed in his studio by a piece of the mustang’s torso that fell on him while working. These sketches, which predate Mesteño, demonstrate similar ideas to Jimenez’s Progress series depicting Native Americans and vaqueros on horseback and once again show the artist’s lively and visceral mark-making.