DIA’s Most Infamous Conspiracy Theories Are For The World To See At Local Art Venues

A new art exhibit based on some of DIA’s most long lasting and prolific conspiracy theories will be featured across a variety of venues.



DIA’s The Children of the World Dream of Peace by artist Leo Tanguma was initially painted to represent the artist’s dream of a society without violence, but conspiracy theorists have interpreted is as a prediction of the end of the world.

An exhibit based on some of DIA’s most prolific conspiracy theories opened its doors in September at McNichols Civic Center after decades worth of public speculation surrounding DIA’s artwork, ties to the New World Order, and rumors of secret bunkers.

Illuminati DIA: Tunnel Visions is a collection of eleven interventions made by artist Ramon Bonilla to express some of DIA’s most infamous conspiracy theories in an artistic and family-friendly setting. This exhibit has received praise from an administrator at Denver Arts and Venues, Shanna Shelby.

“As we continue to heal and recover from the impact of the pandemic, exhibits like these remind us once again how important it is to experience art in person,” Shelby said.

DIA’s attitude regarding the conspiracy theories has changed over the years, and recently the airport has decided to embrace the buzz that has surrounded them. DIA has harvested this free source of advertisement and even supplements it with the addition of posters of an alien that suggests DIA has something to hide. The news surrounding the addition of these posters has prompted a response from DIA’s Media Relations Chief, Heath Montgomery.

“We have a CEO (Kim Day) who really embraces the conspiracy ideas,” Montgomery said. “We decided a few years ago that rather than fight all of this and convince everybody there’s nothing really going on, let’s have some fun with it.”

The massive cost and timeframe in which the airport was built led to many conspiracy theorists claiming the airport serves as a post-apocalyptic shelter for the elite. The dedication marker for DIA credits The New World Airport Commission, an organization that does not actually exist. This lead many to believe that DIA is connected to the New World Order or the modern day Illuminati.

Artwork and markings across DIA also give way to theories surrounding connections to the New World Order and the end of the world. Many of these theories have been around for more than two decades, and even DIA acknowledges the long lasting tradition of conspiracy theories.

“It’s kind of amazing that it’s lived on as long as it has,” Montgomery said.

The 11-piece, self-guided art exhibit is  spread across multiple venues in order to promote social distancing while enjoying art.

Illuminate DIA: Tunnel Visions is a multi-location “immersive art project” based on Denver International Airport’s internationally renowned conspiracy theories, according to Denver Arts & Venues in a press statement.

In person, you’ll meet gargoyles who introduce you to the artistic revelry intermingled with aspects of the conspiracy theories.

“Welcome to Illuminati headquarters,” one gargoyle said. “I mean… Denver International Airport.”