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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.

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