Positively 5th Street: Giant Bob Dylan mural being painted on Minneapolis building


Minneapolis will be home to a five-story mural of Bob Dylan.

Internationally known Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra began work on the mural on the side of the 15 Building – located at Fifth Street and Hennepin Avenue – Wednesday, a news release says.


The $50,000 mural project is being overseen by the Hennepin Theatre Trust and was commissioned by the building's owner – Goldman Sachs – in an effort to revitalize the area, the Star Tribune notes.

Kobra's murals often feature famous or historical figures that highlight the history of the place where he's painting.

"Kobra’s new mural will add an invigorating and colorful international artwork to the downtown Cultural District and Hennepin Avenue,” Tom Hoch, President and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, said in the news 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.”

Kobra is known for using a kaleidoscope of bright colors and bold lines throughout his work, and this 60-foot-tall, 150-foot-wide mural will be his largest he's done outside of his home country, The Journal notes.

With the help of five artists, including two Minnesota-based muralists, the hope is it will be finished in two weeks, by Sept. 8, the release says.


The exact design for the mural hasn't been revealed, but Kobra says it will feature different phases of Dylan's life, The Journal reports.

And after just a day of work, the mural has already started to take shape.

This mural is just the latest to pop up around the Twin Cities this summer. City Pages highlights some of the large-scale works, including one piece that will be unveiled at the Midway Art Festival on Saturday.

Next Up


Walter Mondale dies at age of 93

His death was confirmed by family on Monday.

National Guard

Man charged in connection to shooting that injured National Guard troops

Four soldiers were inside a military vehicle that was shot at.

Chauvin trial

Walz declares emergency in Twin Cities, bringing in police from Ohio and Nebraska

The governor has asked the Legislature for emergency funding for the additional police.

derek chauvin court - closing arguments

Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial: Here's what was said

The jury listened to lengthy presentations from the prosecution and defense.


Man, 55, airlifted to a hospital after hit-and-run in Granite Falls

The passenger in the vehicle told police about the incident.

Minneapolis, unrest

Facebook labels Minneapolis 'high-risk,' will remove posts that incite violence

Facebook will remove posts that call for weapons to be brought to Minneapolis and anything that celebrates George Floyd's death.


After being sued, MyPillow is now suing Dominion Voting Systems

The company's lawsuit claims the voting system suppressed free speech and hurt its business relationships.

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren makes his decision ... and it's Gonzaga

The Minnesota basketball phenom is following the footsteps of Jalen Suggs.

Sarah Glover

MPR News hires NBC's Sarah Glover as new managing editor

The experienced journalist was the first to serve two terms as president of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

football play

Watch: Sixth-grader with cerebral palsy makes touchdown in Detroit Lakes

Kale Hannahs' classmates made sure he got a chance to play during recess.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, April 19

The latest from Minnesota health officials.


Minneapolis man proposes with giant mural on Nicollet Mall building

Mural artist Josh Lemke turned to what he does best when it came down to asking the big question. It took him two days and six cans of paint to pop the question to his girlfriend, Erin Bikers. He even tricked her into bringing a can of spray paint when he revealed the mural to her so she could paint in the word, 'yes'.

Bob Dylan strikes back at critics

Rolling Stone magazine says the music legend opens up as never before it an interview for the issue that hits newsstands on Friday. The Minnesota native takes on plagiarism charges, slavery in America, the movie "I'm Not There," and a transformative 1966 motorcycle accident.