Lawrence Argent, renowned for Denver’s ‘big blue bear’ but also a key figure in Vail’s art scene, dies at 60
Lawrence Argent, the acclaimed sculptor who created the 40-foot-high “big blue bear” sculpture that has become an artistic icon for the Mile High City, died Oct. 4 at the age of 60, according to the Douglas County Coroner’s Office.
The cause and manner of death will not be available for a few weeks, pending further investigation, officials said.
Argent’s artistic legacy is visible in Vail, too. In the Solaris Plaza, his pieces called “The Droplet” and “The Light Tree” are can’t-miss, larger-than-life works of art that harness part of the Fibonacci sequence to guide the design of the plaza as a whole. Solaris paid $1.5 million for those pieces.
Argent also was a collaborator on Vail’s Triumph Winterfest illuminated ice sculpture exhibit that garnered national acclaim.
Argent died suddenly and unexpectedly in Denver following a surgical procedure, according to 9News, although requests to family and friends for comment were not returned as of Friday afternoon.