It’s my last day in Denver, and I head out to make the best of the nice, sunny weather and have some great photo fun! On the way downtown, I spotted the Google Street View car and caught up to it for some quick photos. Once downtown, my first stop is the Denver Performing Arts Complex, home of the Denver Performing Arts Center. Outside the art center is Jonathan Borofsky's “The Dancers” sculptures. Further along the way is Benar Venet's “Indeterminate Line” sculpture sitting outside the Bellco Theatre at the Colorado Convention Center. I found this sculpture very interesting! Working my way towards the Convention Center, I stop to photograph the Denver Fallen Firefighters Monument at the Denver Fire Department Station No. 1. Once at the convention center, I see and photograph Jonathan Bonner's “Stone Garden” outside. But the highlight of the convention center is Lawrence Argent's “I See What You Mean” sculpture. “Big Blue Bear”, as it is also known, is seen “peeping” inside trying to see what’s going on inside the convention center. This is pretty cool! As a Denver light rail train makes its way through downtown, there’s a nice Marilyn Monroe mural by artist Growlove up the street. I photograph other office buildings on my way back to the car, including the CenturyLink Regional Headquarters, Gates Corporation building, The Daniels and Fisher Tower and Optiv Tower.
After lunch, I head over to 16th Street Mall, which offers Denver's best people watching. There are 42 outdoor cafés along the mall, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or have a drink. Denver Pavilions, near the south end of the mall, is a shopping and dining complex with 12 movie theaters and more than two dozen shops and restaurants. 16th Street Mall is a beast! Walking along the mall, I photograph the Money Museum at The Federal Reserve Bank, a cool Starbucks with two giant cup sculptures outside, and the Euflora Marijuana Dispensary. The two towers making up the Denver Energy Center stood tall amongst the other buildings around it. One Civic Center Plaza and the TIAA Financial Services building made for great photos. The landmark Brown Palace Hotel was a definite “must get” photo, as well as The Colorado State Bank and Trust building.
As my evening is winding down, I walked past the Civic Center bus station, making my way over towards Civic Center Park. Pioneer Fountain was an interesting shoot because of the architecture of the fountain. In the park, I photographed William F. Joseph's monument “In Honor of Christopher Columbus…Italian Visionary and Great Navigator”. Passing City Hall, The United States Mint was a building I couldn’t leave Denver without photographing because of its importance. There was lots of police activity around The Mint, and I’m sure you know why. My last stop of the day brings me to Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets basketball team, Colorado Avalanche hockey team and Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team.