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Last week, Lawrence Argent was out scrubbing down his sculpture called "I See What You Mean," but better known as the Big Blue Bear. Since the piece debuted last July outside the Colorado Convention Center, it's quickly become the city's most popular public artwork — although the piece's popularity wasn't enough to protect it from a tagger.

Despite Argent's best clean-up efforts, the vandal left his permanent mark. But that just makes the bear look more like the urban creature he is. "I'm tempted to have 'Big Blue Bear' tattooed on my chest and do a performance," says Argent, whose impressive artistic resume includes many other works of art as well as a slot at the University of Denver. "It's wonderful that art can be talked about in the way that this is talked about."

Just say it, don't spray it. — Patricia Calhoun

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