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One thing most people don’t know about me is that I have a (manageable) fear of flying despite logging around 100,000 butt-in-seat miles per year. Even with the frequency and volume of travel, I still get nervous each and every time the engines fire up on the runway. Generally speaking, I would say the majority of the public experiences elevated stress levels when traveling by air. Therefore, I think it makes sense that airports are designed in a way that creates a relaxing atmosphere and soothes the average traveler’s stress of flying.
This morning I witnessed one of the finer examples in the Qantas First Class Lounge in Sydney. The walkway into the lounge has a wall covered entirely by greenery. This was an excellent way to instantly create a relaxing atmosphere in the otherwise hectic day of travel.
Fast forward 20 hours of flying on a relic Qantas 747 and I am grabbing my bags in Denver and groggily stumble across this enormous mural across from baggage claim.
In case you can’t fully make it out, it appears to be a murderous masked villain with both an assault rifle and large sword terrorizing young women and children.
If you follow the rainbow the story gets a little better with the people rejoicing that the villain has been killed and put on display.
I know there is a meaningful message behind this mural but I have to wonder if a major International Airport like Denver is the best place to display a mural with these themes. If nothing else I would think this mural would scare most small children.