Upcycle Inspiration: Bear with Panda

Blur Bear outside the Colorado Convention Center. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

My upcycle project was firstly inspired by Lawrence Argent’s art work–“I See What You Mean”, also known as the “Big Blue Bear”. I first knew it when attending a acadmic conference in Colorado Convention Center in 2017. Spotted leaning its paws against building facade embodies the curiosity which arouses the passersby’s one about what going on inside this massive center.

Gaint Pand Sculpture outside the Chengdu IFS

Two years later, I almost forgot that bear until I paid a visit to Chendu, China this winter break. What a coincidence it is that Lawance created a similar Installation art here. The

The 15­-meter-­high artwork, “I Am Here”, hangs on the top floor of the newly opened Chengdu International Finance Square. Viewed from afar, the giant panda appears to be climbing the building.

I come from China where the panda is the icon to Colorado with strong curiosity like that blue bear. Through reconstitution of Lawrence Argent work, a sense of the destiny is reflected.

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  • This is so cool! I know the Panda in Chengdu and I have seen the blue bear in Denver but I never knew they are designed by the same artist. I am very interested to see your project! Are you trying to create a bear using card boards?

  • I have never researched this artist, but I have definitely seen the big blue bear! I am glad that you are able to analyze it so well. I have not read your update post so since this is the only thing I see about your project I am not sure what you are doing from this. Are you making a 3d printed animal? Do you plan on making something that encompasses the curiosity on these art pieces?


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