A five-story tribute to Bob Dylan is rapidly taking shape in downtown Minneapolis, where world-renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra and five other painters are creating a huge multi-colored mural on the side of a building.
Painting a mural 150 feet wide and 60 feet tall on the side of a building is a noisy business, what with the warning sirens going off every time the motorized lifts move. But Joan Vorderbruggen says everyone is just concentrating on painting the three huge images of Dylan at different stages in his career. The work is titled “Times are a-changing.”
Vorderbruggen, cultural district arts coordinator for the Hennepin Theatre Trust, is overseeing the project at 5th and Hennepin. She said she’s had her eye on this wall as a potential site for a mural for some time, and she can hardly believe someone of Kobra’s stature and his crew are now at work there.
“It’s just astonishing to see how fast they are able to work,” she said. “Their reputation is that they are some of the best street artists in the entire world, and just watching them work is mesmerizing.”