I See What You Mean

19 August 2005

Lawrence Argent's 40-foot-tall blue bear that looks as if it is peering in a window at the Colorado Convention Center, designed to evoke the idea of curiosity at what’s going on inside.

From a 3-D model of a small blue bear, artist Lawrence Argent worked with Boulder-based Pixel Kitchen to create thousands of triangulations within the bear's image to expand into a 40-foot-tall bear.

Bill Kreysler of Kreysler and Associates of American Canyon, California was responsible for the full-size manufacture of the bear.

""From the 3-D computer file sent from the artist we machined segments of the surface. These segments, machined from blocks of disposable, recyclable foam, created molds into which fiberglass could be placed”, he said.

""When the fiberglass cured it was removed from the disposable mold, which was then re-machined to create the next mold, and so on until we had made as many molds from a particular block of foam as possible. I believe that we ended up making nearly 70 individual fiberglass segments to create the entire exterior shell of the sculpture.""

The segments then were assembled ""much like a 3-D jigsaw puzzle."" Kreysler says a steel skeleton, or armature, rises inside about one third of its height, with bulkheads installed at strategic spots.

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