Charles Ansbacher, the man who coined the name of the New World Airport Commission listed on the Masonic capstone in DIA’s great hall, passed away Sunday night. He was also instrumental in creating the airport’s enormous art program, which commissioned works such as the Tanguma murals and the Mustang.
Ansbacher left Colorado Springs in 1988 to serve as director of the New Airport Art Program, a $7.5 million art initiative incorporating 30 art projects into Denver International Airport’s architecture, landscaping and interior design.
“This is … the largest, most comprehensive public art project of any airport on earth,” Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper told the Cambridge Chronicle. “It’s certainly the most provocative, the most transformational. … Ansbacher has enriched every place he has been by his own vision and his willingness to give of himself back to the community.”