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Gallery: Big Blue Bear Sculptor Was Public Art Icon

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.

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

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

Stacy was KUNC's arts and culture reporter from 2015 to 2021.
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