This will be a ground breaking, history making exhibit and is coming straight from

The Smithsonian to the Denver International Airport (DIA)!

The art on wheels will be parked at DIA from May 22nd through August 31, 2012.

The Vochol® is a Volkswagen Beetle that has been covered with the traditional beadwork from the Huichol (Waxaritari), an indigenous group from Mexico. It is covered in 2,277,000 glass beads applied, by hand, by 8 artisans from two Huichol families!

The artists devoted thousands of hours of their time transferring their inspiration to a magical and colorful design embedded on this Volkswagen. Huichol artists used the Volkswagen as the “vehicle” to express and share not just their artistic skills, but also share their history, mythology, and their culture with the world.

The Consulate General of Mexico and the Mexican Cultural Center in collaboration with Denver Public Schools has developed a strategy to involve Denver’s students and teachers in creating art work that resembles the Vochol® in its symbolic representation. This is an opportunity for Students to express their artistic creativity, where the Vochol will be used as their main “Vehicle of inspiration,” creativity and representation. The Huichol artists used the Volkswagen beetle as their main canvas of work and as their “vehicle” to express and share not just their artistic skills, but also to share their history, mythology, and their cultural symbolism. In the same way, students will be able to share their art and make symbolic connections with the thousands of people who travel through DIA every day.

The Vochol® will be parked at the Main Terminal of DIA and free and open to the public!
Did you know that DIA is home to other beautiful art exhibits?
Details here: Art at DIA.

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Current news and happenings regarding the Vochol!

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Vochol® News

Greenlee Art Club

Greenlee Elementary | Jessica Plate, Visual Arts Teacher | 3rd & 5th Grade Students Hit the Hay  Greenlee Art Club began the discussion about the concept of metaphor, and then intent, regarding the VOC
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Thought Balloons

Whittier ECE-8 School Nadia Lee & Steven Schaffner, Visual Arts Teachers 6th Grade Students Thought Balloons Whittier’s 6th grade students began this project by learning about The Huichol, and their el
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Fun Vochol Facts

Vochol From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia View of the Vochol The Vochol is a Volkswagen (VW) Beetle that has been decorated with traditional Huichol (Wirrárika) beadwork from the center-west of Mexico.
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Can You Find Me?

The Vochol is rich with Huichol symbolism, here are some key symbols and their meaning – can you find them on the actual Vochol?

Mara’akame o Shaman

This section represents a maize offering ceremony. It displays a drum, fire, squash and maize.

Mara’akame o chamán
Se encuentra representando una ceremonia de ofrenda al maíz, y contiene al tambor, al fuego, a la calabaza y al maíz.

Deer (Maxa)

The deer is one of the most important animals in Huichol culture.The deer is the older brother, the wiser brother, and one who knows all and understands all. Because of these attributes, the deer can be found at points all over the car.

Venado (Maxa)
Es uno de los animales más importantes para los huicholes. Es el hermano mayor, el sabio, el que todo lo sabe y lo entiende. Debido a lo anterior, está representado caso en todo el coche.

Twoheaded Eagle

The double-headed eagle can be found at the four cardinal points of the car. It symbolizes the communication bridge between God and man. The eagleʼs two heads allow it to have double vision over the world. In addition, the eagle is accompanied by the talismanic Ojo de Dios immediately above it.

Águila Bicéfala

Se encuentra en los cuatro puntos cardinales del coche. Significa el puente de comunicación entre Dios y el hombre. Sus dos cabezas le permiten tener doble visión el mundo. Además está acompañada por el Ojo de Dios, el cual se ubica arriba de ella.


It is said that in many years ago, the Gods were searching for

someone to represent the opposite of night. A child with a good heart was chosen. He was thrown into the fire and converted into the day, into the sun. The lizard is the animal that takes care of Grandfather Fire. The Huichol also believe that lizards, together with scorpions, protect humans from evil. However, they onlyprotect when humans have been good to them.


Se dice que hace mucho tiempo los dioses buscaban a alguien que representara lo opuesto de la noche. Un niño de buen corazón fue el elegido, por lo que lo arrojaron al fuego y lo convirtieron en el día, en el sol. La lagartija es el animal que cuida del Abuelo Fuego. Se cree también que estos animales, junto con los escorpiones protegen a los humanos del mal, siempre y cuando éstos tengan un buen trato hacia ellos.


Want more?  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, we encourage you to visit The Smithonian’s Around the Mall Blog post and check out the video!

Visit the Mexican Cultural Center Store to view and purchase exclusive Vochol merchandise:

MCC Denver Store

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