The Denver Convention Center is close to the hotel I am staying at this week. While walking to work, this Big Blue Bear statue is one of the things I see — it definitely catches the eye. The statue is called ‘I See What You Mean’, but is more commonly known as the Big Blue Bear.
According to the artist, Lawrence Argent, one of the thoughts behind the piece was that residents in Denver are often curious about the conventions that are going on. The Bear symbolizes the curious person trying to see what is going on.
While I am not a resident, I find myself curious about what event is going on during any given week that I am here. The primary reason I am curious is how it relates to my ability to get a room for the week and what that experience will be like. When the hotel is at full occupancy, the experience is almost always worse. Poor internet connectivity, less hot water for shower and problems with the elevator to name a few. For whatever reason, that makes me more interested in what event is going on.
This week, the big conference is the World Renewable Energy Forum. There is also an IDUG DB2 Tech Conference going on. I don’t think I’ve seen a single DB2 person, but the energy conference attendees are well represented on the street.