There are so many images of Denver’s Big Blue Bear on the web that, although I took this shot six months ago, I have hesitated to upload it. However, it makes me smile every time I see it in my album so I thought I would share it anyway. So here goes.

Taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point & shoot in June 2010.

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That Big Blue Bear Again
by TonyCrehan

The following interview with the sculptor is from

Convention Centers are supposed to be bland, sterile corporate spaces. But the Colorado Convention Center bucks that trend in a variety of ways. Case in point: “I See What You Mean,” AKA the giant blue bear sculpture peeking into the center’s lobby. The 40-foot high bear, which injects a welcome sense of fun and playfulness into the convention center experience, is the creation of local artist Lawrence Argent. It was installed just a few years ago in 2005, but has quickly become a bona fide Mile High icon – and a can’t-miss photo op for tourists and locals alike.

VISIT DENVER: How does it feel to be the creator of an artwork that’s quickly become a Mile High City icon?

Lawrence Argent: Who would’ve thought [laughs]? It’s interesting – it doesn’t happen all the time, that’s for sure. Before it was installed, I’d tell people that I was working on a 40-foot blue bear for the Colorado Convention Center, and they’d look at me and say “What – are you working for Disney now?” But once it was up they’d say “Whoa, it’s amazing.” To me, it’s kind of like the bear needs the building, and the building needs the bear.

VISIT DENVER: Where did the genesis of “I See What You Mean” come from?

Lawrence Argent: While toying with the notion of a “Convention Center” and visualizing the vast numbers of people moving through and participating with this environment, my proposal emerged as a core response to the following: Meeting place; Exchange of ideas, transference of information; Regional western art and the thought of what that is from a non-resident’s perspective; and the natural surroundings of Colorado. The architecture of [the convention center] is such a dominant presence in the location I thought it best to place a work that did not conflict with the essences of its design or stature, and which would embrace its uniqueness of form and the relationship to the space it occupies. Scale therefore, became an extremely important consideration. I also wanted to bring the mountains (the assumed idea of Colorado) down to Denver to prompt visitors’ awareness of the uniqueness of their location.

VISIT DENVER: Why a bear? Why a giant, curious blue bear, specifically?

Lawrence Argent: There’s iconic Colorado imagery – the Rockies, the Flatirons and all that – that I think is a little bit overused, a little passé. So I thought about what it is like to be a resident here and the journey one takes down either corridor (14th St. and Speer Blvd) when one notices there is a convention occurring. I’m always interested in what might be going on in there, the exchange of information, ideas and ideologies. But there’s never really any indication from the outside what’s going on inside. I had recently seen a photo in the newspaper of a black bear looking into someone’s window and that resonated with me. As for the blue color, that was actually an accident – originally the bear was going to reflect the colors of Colorado, with sandstone colors and things like that. But a printout of the design came back blue by mistake, and I thought that was much more exciting. And it was serendipitous, because [I learned later] that the black bear was very important to the Native American Ute tribes that lived in Colorado – and also that one level of spiritual enlightenment for the Utes was the “blue” level.

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  • Michael John
    Michael Johnabout 4 years ago

    Haha – nice find Tony.

  • Cheers Michael. It looks awesome through the window from the inside too. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Audrey

    – TonyCrehan

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 4 years ago


  • You too eh? Thanks Lorraine.

    – TonyCrehan

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyabout 4 years ago

    made me smile too !!

  • I am so glad Gail. Just what we need on a Monday. Got to feel sad though for all the devastation from the floods up your way and beyond in Queensland. Hope you are OK. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Leon Ritchie
    Leon Ritchieabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Leon. Glad you like it. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Andi Surjanto
    Andi Surjantoabout 4 years ago

    Cool shot !

  • Thanks Andi. Cheers Mate. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • TheMystic
    TheMysticabout 4 years ago

    I want one!!! Cool shot.

  • Sorry Mate, it was a bit too big to fit in my luggage. Thanks for your comment. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 4 years ago

    It’s great!!!! I love it!

  • Thanks for the fave Cee and I am please you like it so much. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

  • ThePhotoMaestro
    ThePhotoMaestroabout 4 years ago

    I’ve always loved seeing the giant blue bear :D

  • Thanks for the comment. I guess from your portfolio that you are from Colorado or visit there a lot. Glad you are not tired of seeing the Bear. Tony

    – TonyCrehan

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 4 years ago

    Oh and I’ve never seen him! Great color!

  • Then I am so pleased I uploaded it for you to see him now. Thanks for your comment Kim. Tony:)

    – TonyCrehan

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