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Denver, Colorado: Big Blue Bear

The 40-foot-tall bear has its nose pressed to the glass, peering in at everyone on the third floor of Denver's downtown convention center.

700 14th St., Denver, CO
Outside of Denver's downtown convention center, on the west side of 14th St. just south of Stout St. Six blocks north of US 40/Colfax Ave., and about a mile east of I-25 exit 210A.
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Big Blue Bear

The Big Blue Bear is a cool drive by and photo op.

[Valerie, 05/25/2019]

Blue Bear.

Big Blue Bear

The Big Blue Bear was very easy to find. It's in a busy part of town and there's not a lot of convenient parking nearby, but there is time to jump out for a picture.

[cindy mcginnis, 06/06/2017]

Blue Bear.

Big Blue Bear

Next to the entrance to the Colorado Convention Center, with its nose pressed to the glass peering in at everyone, is a giant three-story blue bear. It is a statue put up in the summer of 2005 by Lawrence Argent, entitled "I See What You Mean," though everyone just calls it the "Big Blue Bear." It is 40 feet tall, made of fiberglass, and has already become a star in film and TV. Less than a year old and it already has its own film documentary, "Big Blue Bear" by Daniel Junge and Davis Coombe, featuring time lapse of its construction, and the bear even helped lead a successful campaign to raise Denver's hotel tax to boost tourism. One commercial even showed it jumping on a bed.

[Richard J. Gardner, 11/25/2005]

What a media darling, and so convenient for TV crews and publicists. Too cute, really -- as long as you're not paying for one of those overtaxed hotel rooms. As for the blueness: the bear was meant to be sandstone brown, but an early rendering was printed blue by mistake and the sculptor decided to keep it that way.

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