Earlier this week, a creative art bomber added a bit of bathroom humor to the iconic Big Blue Bear sculpture that stands outside the Colorado Convention Center. And like most unsanctioned art -- remember the ball and chain? -- it was quickly removed.
But not forgotten. "We still have it, and it's taking up a lot of space; it's about two-and-a- half-feet tall," Brian Kitts, spokesman for the city's Arts & Venues department, says of the the blue papier mache poop. "He is not your average bear and this was not your average pile of poo. Someone knew what they were doing."
Should that someone step forward to claim the art, Kitts promises not to press charges. "Some people want these things back. In the case of the ball and chain that was made out of yarn, they actually wanted it back," he notes.
In that case, the Ladies Fancywork Society had actually scratched "I See What You Mean" (as the Big Blue Bear is officially called), so the city asked its members to pay for repairs. "But in this case," Kitts says, "nothing happened. It's creative fun and not criminal. If it makes people laugh, then I'm all for it."
The city will keep the poop for a couple of weeks before throwing it away, Kitts adds.
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And art bombers will have plenty of additional targets this year. Kitts says there are more than a dozen public art installations that have been planned around the city for 2012.