Wednesday/ the bears are out

I have a nice view from my Hilton Garden Inn hotel room this week, looking out on the Colorado Convention Center with its blue bear (looking in).  It’s spring, and there’s been reports of bears roaming around in the ‘burbs in California, looking for food.  Colorado has an estimated 15,000 black bears.

In the distance is the Pepsi Center, home for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association, the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League, and the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League (yes.. didn’t know there was a National Lacrosse League here in the USA, now did you?) .

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The Colorado Convention Center.  It opened in 1990, and was expanded in 2005. The blue bear is in the shadows on the far left.
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The Convention Center’s 40-ft blue bear is made from composite materials, and coated in a lapis lazuli blue polymer concrete. The form and shape of the bear was digitally abstracted creating a faceted surface structure. The bear appears as if it is pushing its nose and paws against the glass of the building. The cost for the artwork ? An eye-popping $425,000.

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