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The Escalator of Laughs

There’s nothing funny about renal disease, but if they stop to listen, clinicians attending this year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology in Denver have the opportunity to enjoy a laugh or two.

Here, when you ride the escalator down from the second floor to the main lobby of the Colorado Convention Center, taped sounds of men and women laughing emanate from speakers embedded in the escalator floor, the brainchild of artist Jim Green. Seriously! It’s like your own TSA screening area, and it sounds like this.

Are they laughing at you? With you? For you? It’s hard to say, but it’s funny to watch how people react. Some start laughing themselves. Others check their zippers. It’s a nice reminder to crack a smile now and then.

The funny escalator

— Doug Brunk (on Twitter@dougbrunk)

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I See What You Mean

From the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society, Denver:

Physicians planning to attend the upcoming annual meetings of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Society of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, or American Public Health Association at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center should prepare themselves for Shock and Awww when they encounter the big blue bear, a whimsical 40-foot tall sculpture peering through the glass to see what’s going on inside.

The sculpture by British-born University of Denver artist Lawrence Argent  is titled, “I See What You Mean.” Commissioned under the city’s 1%-for-public-art program, the big blue bear weighs 10,000 pounds and is composed of more than 4,000 polymer and concrete interlocking triangles over a steel frame. Argent began with a small plastic toy he scanned and converted into a digital computer file, which he then sculpted electronically.

The big blue bear has become a popular, feel-good tourist attraction. It also serves as a convenient meeting point for conventioneers who become disoriented by the conference center’s long, white, largely unmarked corridors.

— Bruce Jancin

Photo by Bruce Jancin

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