Hometown salute: new art tribute to Dylan on display outside Minnesota school


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The memorial has metal panels with lyrics from Bob Dylan songs etched into them, and a sculpture of a chair, which is similar to the one he sat on while he was in the high school as a student. Photo: Hibbing Dylan Project

A public art tribute to Bob Dylan was unveiled Saturday in Hibbing in the United States with the hopes of inspiring a new generation of young artists.

The display of the Iron Range town’s most famous resident is located outside Hibbing High School, where the 80-year-old Dylan was a 1959 graduate.

On one side of the display, a brick wall features the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature that Dylan was awarded in 2016. The opposite side of the wall features a series of stainless steel panels that contain lyrics from more than 50 of his songs.

A new public art tribute is on display, located outside of Hibbing High School, where Bob Dylan graduated in 1959. Photo: Hibbing Dylan ProjectA new public art tribute is on display, located outside of Hibbing High School, where Bob Dylan graduated in 1959. Photo: Hibbing Dylan Project

There’s also a bronze chair, similar to one he would have sat in, that faces the school so people who use it will “have their backs to the lyrics, a physical representation of the songwriting process,” said Katie Fredeen, president of the Hibbing Dylan Project.

The volunteer group spent five years and raised about US$100,000 (RM417,000) to design and build the tribute.

The unveiling followed another tribute by group known as the Year of Dylan, which engraved a Dylan quote on a large rock on the Mesabi Bike Trail in Hibbing. The trail covers 220km of the Iron Range. - AP

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