Best Art Controversy
The Bob Dylan Mural
Last year, a five-story mural was created on a downtown building at the corner of Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue. The piece, which pays homage to the life of Bob Dylan, was designed by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, who also enlisted the help of local muralists Erin Sayer and Yuya Negishi. As soon as it went up, debates began over social media concerning its very existence. "Why Bob Dylan? What has he done for the Twin Cities lately?" some asked. "Why isn't there a mural for Prince?" inquired others. "Is this my tax dollars at work?" others wondered. (No, this is not your tax dollars at work. The project was privately funded.) While some continue to question the validity of the mural, the whole scandal felt like a tempest in a teapot. The three faces of Bob Dylan will be looming above commuters indefinitely. Twin Citians will continue to take pride in Bob Dylan. And despite the negativity of some, many locals think the mural is pretty darn awesome.