Hibbing unveils new hometown tribute to Bob Dylan
A group of volunteers in Hibbing, Minn., Unveil a new public art tribute to Bob Dylan on Saturday to recognize the town’s most famous resident of Iron Range and to inspire a new generation of young artists.
The new exhibit is located outside Hibbing High School, where Dylan graduated in 1959, along the path where decades ago he walked to school.
On one side of the display, a brick wall features the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature that Dylan received in 2016.
The opposite side of the wall features a series of stainless steel panels containing lyrics to over 50 Dylan songs.
In front of the screen, a bronze chair faces the school so that whoever sits on it “turns their backs on the lyrics, a physical representation of the songwriting process,” said Katie Fredeen, President of the Hibbing Project. Dylan, the group volunteer who spent five years and raised around $ 100,000 to design and build the tribute.
For decades, Hibbing and Duluth, Minn., Where Dylan was born, struggled to figure out how best to honor the famous singer-songwriter, who left Minnesota in his late teens to launch his career in New York.
There is a collection of memorabilia housed in the basement of the Hibbing Public Library. The street where Dylan lived was renamed Bob Dylan Drive.
But other than that, there’s not much mention of Dylan in Hibbing, especially after the Dylan Zimmy’s-themed restaurant closed a few years ago, and an annual festival to celebrate Dylan in Hibbing has fizzled out. .
So when Dylan won the Nobel Prize in 2016, retired social studies professor Craig Hattam organized a group of local residents to create a public space in honor of the songwriter – a space that tourists could visit when the library was closed.
“Most importantly, we really wanted to create a space in high school,” said Fredeen. “Because we want the students who are here in this field to know that just because they’re from Hibbing, Minn., Shouldn’t limit their dreams to where they want to go and what they want to do.”
Dylan, who turned 80 this year, also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Pulitzer Prize.
Organizers hope teachers will use the display as an educational space and serve as a point of inspiration for the entire community.
“I think this is a really good opportunity to show any singer-songwriter or aspiring artist that there is a place for you here,” said Fredeen.
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