That's what some folks are calling the 32-foot-high rearing Blue Mustang sculpture outside the Denver International Airport. Created by New Mexico artist Luis Jiménez, the fiberglass (anatomically correct) stallion certainly has people taking notice--including the New York Times.

Rachel Hultin, a real-estate broker, started a Facebook group called "The DIA's Heinous Blue Mustang Has Got To Go" at byebyebluemustang.com to gather those opposed to the work. As I'm writing this, the group, which was established Jan. 11, has 10,043 members, 30 discussion topics, and 1,113 Wall posts.

Many of the comments are available in Haiku form (sweet!). One cited in the NYT article goes:

Anxiously I fly
apocalyptic hell beast
fails to soothe my nerves.

Now, in a weird small world coincidence, this is not the first I'd heard of this particular piece. I remember reading some press coverage when the sculptor was killed when a piece of the sculpture fell on him in 2006.

But that occurrence rang a little bell that really started tolling when I saw the newer photos of the piece in the NYT article and the Facebook group ... when it occurred to me that I had seen this before.

On a dark, cool autumn evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., some years ago, taking a different route to a forensics club (yes, really) meeting, I encountered Bluecifer's Steed. Or maybe Bluecifer's Mini.

You see, my alma mater, Western Michigan University, has a rotating sculpture tour that features works on campus by various artists. And it just so happens that we hosted this. The ¼-scale version of the eventual Blue Mustang. Complete with the glowing red lightbulb eyeballs, shiny blue finish, and protruding ribs.

I know it stopped me in my tracks--and that was the ¼-scale one.

So what do you think about Denver's Blue Mustang? What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) works of equine art?