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Massive Bob Dylan heads to loom over downtown Mpls

Eduardo Kobra's team at work on the Bob Dylan mural.

Eduardo Kobra's team at work on the Bob Dylan mural.

Downtown Minneapolis may still lack green space, but its other glaring need will soon be filled: A massive Bob Dylan mural looming over the club scene.

Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra began work yesterday on a five-story mural on the facade of the 15 Building at 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Vampire squid banking giant Goldman Sachs, the building's owner, commissioned the $50,000 project in coordination with Hennepin Theatre Trust. 

The large-scale piece of public art will stand 60 feet tall and 150 feet wide, the Star Tribune reports, and include a triptych of Dylan portraits, lyrics from “The Times They Are A-Changin',” and Kobra's trademark splash of vividly colorful geometric patterns. 

Kobra and his team of five artists — three from Brazil, two from Minnesota — will spend two weeks on the tribute to the Minnesota-born music deity. The São Paulo muralist's diverse global résumé includes nods to Tupac and Biggie in Miami and a depiction of V-J Day in New York City. 

"Eduardo Kobra’s new mural will add an invigorating and colorful international artwork to the downtown Cultural District and Hennepin Avenue,” says Tom Hoch, president and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, in a press release. “At the same time, it celebrates Bob Dylan who is not only one of Minnesota’s most admired native sons, but also a former owner of the Trust’s Orpheum Theatre.”

Dylan owned the Orpheum Theatre from 1979 to 1988; the 74-year-old icon from Hibbing performed three consecutive shows at the venue last fall, presumably in his latter-career, give-zero-fucks fashion. 

Eduardo Kobra

Eduardo Kobra

In other Dylan news, satirical website ClickHole — by far the internet's funniest website — recently crowdfunded him a brand-new bed.