Gallery: Big Blue Bear Sculptor Was Public Art Icon

Oct 6, 2017

You may not know the name Lawrence Argent, but you likely know his work.

The Colorado sculptor was behind Denver’s big blue bear. The 60-year-old died unexpectedly on Wednesday.

Titled “I See What You Mean,” Argent’s 40-foot-tall bear peeking into the Colorado Convention Center has been an iconic public artwork since it was installed in 2005. Larger-than-life animals were one of his hallmarks. The artist also created a 20-foot-tall rabbit in the middle of the Sacramento International Airport and a 49-foot-tall panda hanging from a building in China.

"Leap" at Sacramento International Airport
Credit Courtesy of Argent Studio

Click through the photo gallery to see some of Argent’s work.