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Duluth kickstarter campaign aims to raise money for Dylan statue

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An artist from the the city that gave birth to Bob Dylan has started a Kickstarter campaign to immortalize the Minnesota music icon in bronze.

Titled "Dylan by Duluth" the campaign is aiming to raise $159,000 by Aug. 1 to construct a 12-foot by 8-foot statue of Dylan, which in turn will be donated to the city of Duluth.

Dylan was born Robert Allan Zimmerman in Duluth on May 24, 1941, and raised in Hibbing.

"The image is true to Dylan's likeness and 'rolling stone' spirit," says sculptor Tom Page of the prospective project in the video pitch on the Kickstarter page. "Some of his most memorable lyrics are cast 'blowin' in the wind' as Bob walks out of the Iron Range and onto the world stage."

The campaign started Sunday, a day before Dylan announced that he was bringing his "Americanarama Festival of Music" tour to Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park. The concert, set for July 9, will be Dylan's first in the city since 1999.

Appropriately, the statue would find its home somewhere on Highway 61, which rolls through Duluth.

The sponsorship packages range from $4 -- which would get you a commemorative ticket to the unveiling of the statue -- to $1,500, which would secure your name under one of Dylan's 35 albums that will wind around the statue's base.

For $1,000, sponsors will get a 24-inch by 18-inch scale replica of the statue.

If the campaign is successful, the artist says they would like to unveil the statue on May 24, 2014, which is Dylan's 73rd birthday.

"Obviously Bob Dylan is rightfully regarded as one of the world’s most important artists of the last 50 years," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness in a video on the Kickstarter page. "I support this project as a way for our city to recognize our most accomplished native son and to celebrate Duluth’s authentic arts and music ethos, inspired by the place we call home."

See Ness' video below.

See the full image of the proposed Dylan statue below.

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