A Denver Holiday Part II | Blue Bear + Pizza Republica | Naava Voyages
The Mile Icon - Denver Blue Bear
The 40-foot-high bear, which injects a welcome sense of fun and playfulness into the convention center experience, is the creation of local artist Lawrence Argent. It was installed in 2005 and has quickly become a bona fide Mile High City icon – and a can’t-miss photo op for tourists and locals alike. VISIT DENVER spoke with Argent before his passing in 2017 about the role of public art, blue bears and more.
Convention Centers are supposed to be bland, sterile corporate spaces. But the Colorado Convention Center bucks that trend in a variety of ways. Case in point: “I See What You Mean,” AKA the giant blue bear sculpture peeking into the center’s lobby.
@ Pizza Republica
After sight seeing downtown we decided to have lunch at Pizza Republica, which was across the street from the Blue Bear of Denver.
The delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas at Pizza Republica are cooked in a wood fired brick oven at over 1000° that crisps the crust with a charbroiled smoky flavor and perfectly melts the handmade mozzarella. Heating the oven to 1000° allows the aromas of our fresh ingredients to shine through before they become overcooked.
Starter: Fresh Barrata $12.95
Fire Roasted Garlic + Peppadew, EVOO, Fresh Basil, Crostini
Pizza Giacomo $8.95
photography by Hologram Productions