Bob Dylan’s First Public Artwork to Be Unveiled in Maryland

The music legend welded a massive iron gate for a $1.3 billion resort.

Bob Dylan, in his Santa Monica studio, 2013. Photo © John Shearer

Music legend-turned-artist Bob Dylan will be installing his first public work in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The work is a sculpted metal doorway which will act as an entrance to the $1.3 billion resort and casino MGM National Harbor.

According to a press release, the 26-foot by 15-foot iron archway, welded by Dylan himself, will serve as a “portal” to the billion dollar resort.

Dylan created metal sculptures for family and friends for 30 years before exhibiting them at London’s Halcyon Gallery with the show  “Mood Swings” in 2013. He also collects metal objects such as farm equipment utensils, antique fire arms, cogs, chains and axes, and welds them together, creating new sculptures.

“Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” Dylan said in a statement. “They can be closed, but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways, there is no difference.”

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts was thrilled to have Dylan’s work as an addition to the MGM National Heritage Harbor Collection which will feature over a dozen as yet unspecified artists with works ranging from watercolor and photography to LED lightboxes and large sculptural works.

A section of Dylan's work for MGM National Harbor. Photo courtesy MGM National Harbor

A section of Dylan’s work for MGM National Harbor. Photo courtesy MGM National Harbor

“Mr. Dylan is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians of our time, but his incredible metalwork sculptures are a testament to his creative genius and ability to transcend mediums,” said Murren.

Dylan is well known for marching to the beat of his own drum but even he must be excited at the proposition of his first permanent public art work, as his sculpture will be accessible to visitors and resort guests alike.

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