Leo Tanguma’s “In Peace and Harmony with Nature” mural features disturbing imagery that is not appropriate for mass consumption. The images and perceived subject matter are disturbing and not suitable for families and young children.
Additionally, the “Children of the World Dream in Peace” mural that was temporarily removed was previously set to be returned to the airport passageways sometime in 2021. This mural prominently features death and violence and is not appropriate for a public space frequented by thousands of individuals, including young children. It should not be restored to a public space.
While we understand freedom of expression in art is important, we believe families and children should not be forcibly exposed to negative, graphic and inappropriate images. These types of displays should have no place in public areas.
This is why we are asking that the Denver International Airport and the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs give our concerns serious consideration and begin efforts to remove the inappropriate display from public view and not restore the temporarily moved mural.
Join us in telling the Denver International Airport Art and Culture Program they need to remove offensive art from their passageways. Together, we must remind them that obscene, vulgar and indecent displays that promote crime, violence or sin disparage our communities and should be removed from public spaces.
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