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Bob Dylan's first permanent public work of art will be featured at MGM National Harbor when it opens later this year
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Bob Dylan's Iron ‘Portal’ to Adorn MGM National Harbor

By Alexandra Scarborough, Close-Up Media Staff Writer

Bob Dylan, practically an American institution himself, is expanding his creative talents to the creation of metalwork sculpture, paintings and drawings that pay homage to the country’s materials, places and people.

Dylan’s first permanent work of art for a public space will debut when the MGM National Harbor opens its doors in Prince George's County, Maryland, later this year. Guests will enter the $1.3 billion resort casino via "Portal," a sculpted iron archway designed by Dylan.

Commissioned by MGM National Harbor, the 26-foot by 15-foot custom piece will adorn the west entrance as part of the property's art collection.

"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."

Dylan has sculpted iron pieces for family and friends for the past 30 years, but it wasn't until 2013 at London's Halcyon Gallery in an exhibition called Mood Swings that his metal artwork was first viewed publicly, the company noted. His works feature found objects, vintage scrap metal and industrial artifacts collected from junkyards. Dylan collects everything from farm equipment, children's toys, kitchen utensils and antique fire arms to chains, cogs, axes and wheels. He then welds these curiosities into thoughtfully juxtaposed masterpieces.

According to a release, Dylan's welding work pays homage to America's industrial core as well as his personal history. He grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota an "Iron Range" city home to one of the largest mines and iron ore deposits in the country, which supplied 90 percent of the nation's iron for World War II. At 75, Dylan has witnessed the transition of the American economy and the subsequent hard times that befell towns like Hibbing during his lifetime. His art from his lyrics ,”The Times They Are a-Changin,’” to the discarded and often obsolete metal items he collects and welds reflect a bygone era.

The MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection will feature pieces from more than a dozen artists working with a variety of mediums including aluminum, clay, stainless steel, bronze, watercolors, photography and more.

The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International portfolio, MGM National Harbor's setting offers panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland.

MGM Resorts International is a global hospitality company. Its brands include Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage.

More Information:
http://www.mgmresorts.com

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    Papyrus said it is partnering with American fashion designer Lela Rose to introduce the series. Rose will feature her "sophisticated yet modern style" in the debut card and gift collection, slated to launch during New York Fashion Week. The collection will be available in New York City Papyrus stores and select retailers in September, with availability expanding to all Papyrus locations and retailers in October.

    "The fashion designer collaboration series is a celebration of the commitment Papyrus has to the arts, including a focus on the fashion industry, quality craftsmanship and trend-forward design," said Christy Kaprosy, President of Papyrus-Recycled Greetings. "We are delighted to have Lela Rose's elegant line lead the first Papyrus fashion designer collaboration program, and we are excited to bring more fashion designers to our loyal customers in the future."

    The company noted the collection, which draws inspiration from some of Rose's recent runway designs, consists of 16 cards and five gift accessories, including gift bags, gift tissue, roll wrap and a gift tag set. It also will be available online at papyrusonline.com

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