Any Bob Dylan fan knows his archetypal protest song “The Times They Are a Changin.” Although the song is rooted in the urgency and energy of the 1960s, its message is timeless, like the artist himself. The five-story mural in downtown Minneapolis now captures the vibrancy and the impact of this talented storyteller, poet, and folk singer.
The Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra rallied a team of five painters to work 12-hour days for two weeks on the project, funded through the Hennepin Theater Trust. Kobra has produced many iconic murals in his native Brazil, Miami, New York City, and throughout France. “The Times They Are a Changin” is his largest masterpiece outside of Brazil, and his team used three hydraulic lifts to complete it. During the painting, they realized that the measurements they had been given were incorrect and that they had another 280 square yards of the building to cover. They quickly configured a new design, and pushed forth, resulting in a bold portrayal of the artist over the years of his career. The time-release YouTube Video below condenses the two-week process into two minutes:
Like any effective piece of art, this mural tells a story. The images read from left to right, revealing photo-realistic representations of the artist, showing his own evolution in style. The face on the far left is from his younger years when he was launching his career as an expressive acoustic folksinger. The middle face blends slightly into the oldest face on the far right, featuring the white cowboy hat that has become his signature. A brightly checkered overlay covers the entire piece, and the outline of a guitar concludes the panel. Kobra says he wants Bob Dylan to visit this mural, so Bob, if you are reading this, consider it an invitation.
Cover image credit: "The Times They Are A'Changing" by www78 is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr.