Miami, Jun 10 (EFE).- Bob Dylan’s first work of public art in the United States now greets visitors to the museum on the Florida International University (FIU) in Miami.
The untitled piece, which takes the form of a pair of gates 11 ft (3.35 m) tall and 10 ft wide, was installed this week in the sculpture garden outside the entrance to the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum.
The 81-year-old music icon and Nobel laureate donated the sculpture to the Frost, which recently hosted Retrospectrum, a months-long exhibition of more than 180 Dylan art works.
“The collection of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum has just grown exponentially stronger with the donation of this sculpture by Bob Dylan,” museum director Jordana Pomeroy said in a statement.
“Dylan’s love of visual metaphor exemplified in these metal gates reminds us that creativity and vision knows no bounds. Just as education provides a gateway to academic achievement, this sculpture beckons our visitors to learn through art,” Pomeroy said.
The singer-songwriter, with more than 125 million records sold worldwide, has been making visual art for six decades, including the covers of albums such as his own “Self Portrait” and “Music from Big Pink” by The Band.
In 1974, Dylan studied art with painter Norman Raeben (1901-1978), who he would later credit with helping him overcome creative difficulties that had plagued him in the wake of a serious motorcycle accident in 1966.