Blast from the Past: Big Blue Bear

In our last Blast from the Past, we took a look at construction of the Colorado Convention Center expansion. On a related note, for this week’s Blast we’ve got one of the convention center’s most popular elements, the Big Blue Bear (officially titled “I See What You Mean” by artist Lawrence Argent).

On June 21, 2005, I caught the Bear under construction.

Lower torso installed:


The head and other body parts sit nearby:


View from inside the convention center:


It’s hard to believe, but the Big Blue Bear is almost 11 years old!

By | 2016-12-27T17:55:36+00:00 February 17, 2016|Categories: Blast from the Past, History & Culture, Urbanism|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. Steve February 17, 2016 at 10:01 am

    I thought it would be great if we had a few more of the bears around town, like a purple one trying to watch a Rockies game, or a red one catching a show at Red Rocks.

  2. SPR8364 February 17, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Scared me to death when I loaded this page and saw the poor blue bear looking destroyed. Glad to see that it was just a blast from the past.

    • Brent February 20, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Funny, I thought the exact same thing: “Oh my goodness, what happened!?” I guess that reaction is the sign of a public art piece that really works.

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