Bob Dylan makes a huge iron sculpture for a casino in Maryland

The 26-by-15-foot piece is called Portal

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Bob Dylan has unveiled his latest project: a set of enormous iron gates that are going on permanent display at a casino in Maryland.

Dylan, who previously exhibited iron sculptures at the Halcyon Gallery in London in 2013, has now built a 26-by-15-foot custom archway called Portal, which will be permanently displayed at Maryland’s MGM’s National Harbor Casino when it opens later this year.

“Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” Dylan said in a statement, reported by Rolling Stone. “They can be closed, but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways, there is no difference.”


“Mr. Dylan is undoubtedly one of the greatest musicians of our time, but his incredible metalwork sculptures are a testament to his creative genius and ability to transcend mediums,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “As a company founded upon entertainment, we’re truly inspired by artists who channel their energy into diverse paths. We’re proud to collaborate with Mr. Dylan and bring his vision to MGM National Harbor’s Heritage Collection in a way that enhances this sensory resort experience.”

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