—Bob Dylan, 1963
"11 Outlined Epitaphs"
—Bob Dylan, 1963
"11 Outlined Epitaphs"
HIBBING—Like a Rolling Stone. Blowin’ in the Wind. Simple Twist of Fate. The lyrics from these tunes and so many more penned and recorded by Hibbing High School Graduate Bob Dylan will soon take on a new form as a focal point in Hibbing Dylan Project’s public art installation that is set to break ground on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Hibbing, MN.
Hibbing Dylan Project was established in 2016, shortly after it was announced that Bob Dylan would be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, and the community took note. The primary mission of Hibbing Dylan Project has been to create a public art installation that will provide a place in the community for students, community members, and fans to gather and contemplate the impact Dylan’s artistry has had on the global community for the past six decades.
Hibbing Dylan Project’s groundbreaking is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m., on the grounds of Hibbing High School near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Seventh Avenue East (Bob Dylan Drive) in Hibbing. The celebration will include live music from members of the Hibbing High School band and choir as well as local musicians. The public is welcome to attend.
At the conclusion of the ground-breaking ceremony, the celebration will move three blocks south to the front lawn of Dylan’s childhood home, at 2425 Seventh Avenue East. There will be coffee and refreshments served plus live music by Hibbing native Greg Tiburzi.
Construction on Hibbing Dylan Project’s art installation will continue through summer and will be complete by fall. The public will be invited to join in a dedication ceremony on October 16, 2021, when the community will gather again to celebrate the project’s completion.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Hibbing High School, near the intersection of East 22nd Street and Seventh Avenue East (Bob Dylan Drive). With music performances from Hibbing High School choir and band students and more.
Hibbing Dylan Project Reception immediately following groundbreaking on the front lawn of Dylan's childhood home at 2425 Seventh Avenue East in Hibbing.
Short seeking donations for Hibbing Dylan Project with original music by Rob Wheeler.
The Hibbing Dylan Project is a non-profit organization made up of volunteers, dedicated to creating a public work of art in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. This inspirational space will pay tribute to the body of work spanning Bob Dylan’s career, which ultimately led to him being named as the Nobel Laureate in Literature for 2016.
In Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lecture to the Swedish Academy, he mentioned how he “got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature” and then proceeded to connect it back to the lessons and experiences he had as a teenager at Hibbing High School. He said, “I had the principles and sensibilities and an informed view of the world. And I had had that for a while. Learned it all in grammar school.”
Our intention is to create a space for people to sit and “get to wondering” about the many ways Bob Dylan’s musical career has influenced their lives. Truly, the line connecting Bob Dylan’s education and life in Hibbing to where he is in life today is much shorter than anyone ever imagined.
This public work of art will give Hibbing High School students a place to aspire to continue the songwriting tradition that started long before Robert Zimmerman became Bob Dylan. It will create an open-air space fostering the arts by providing a platform for poetry and theatrical readings, as well as solo and small group musical performances.
It will become a destination for passionate Dylan fans making the pilgrimage to Hibbing, hoping to gain a deeper sense of understanding of the man and his works.
It will redefine Hibbing by creating a community that fosters the arts.
The Bob Dylan Tribute will be constructed along Bob Dylan Drive, the Seventh Avenue East side of Hibbing High School. It will feature a bronze chair, set against a steel backdrop etched with lyrics from Bob Dylan’s songs.
The street side of the wall will be constructed of the same brick and stone as the high school and will complement the building’s architecture.
The bronze chair that will sit in the plaza’s center will face the school as an open invitation for students to dream, wonder and aspire to carry on the tradition Dylan started in Hibbing. Eventually, someone will have to fill that chair—who will carry on Dylan’s legacy?
This tribute will also serve as a small open-air stage and amphitheater for students and teachers to utilize. The Hibbing Dylan Project’s intention is to create an educational space for poetry readings, speeches, and choir and band performances.
We are seeking monetary donations of any amount to help support this work of art and provide educational and inspirational opportunities. All donations are tax-deductible. Follow this link, or you may mail a check to:
Hibbing Dylan Project
PO Box 61
Hibbing, MN 55746
Checks may be made payable to Hibbing Dylan Project.
The Hibbing Dylan Project's mission is to create a public work of art celebrating Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan and to provide educational and inspirational opportunities.
55746, Hibbing, Minnesota, United States