Dylan Statue Fundraising Campaign Falls Short of Goal

Posted at: 08/02/2013 2:53 PM | Updated at: 08/02/2013 10:38 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

A campaign to raise nearly $160,000 to pay for the creation of a bronze Bob Dylan sculpture has come to an end well short of meeting its goal.

A fundraising campaign on website Kickstarter.com raised $15,425 while the goal was set at $159,000. It started on June 2, and ran until Thursday.

Called Dylan by Duluth, the sculpture was to be a tribute to the music legend for his birth in Duluth. It was to stand more than 12-feet tall including the base, and stand somewhere in the city.

Tom Page, a northland artist, unveiled a small version of the statue May. Then, he told Eyewitness News "it will depict Bob Dylan in the early years of his life and I like to say it represents him as he comes off the Iron Range and onto the global stage."

Mayor Don Ness expressed support for the project. On the Kickstarter page he said "Bob Dylan is rightfully regarded as one of the world's most important artists of the last 50 years. I support this project as a way for our city to recognize our most accomplished native son and to celebrate Duluth's authentic arts and music ethos, inspired by the place we call home."

Because the Kickstarter campaign failed to reach its goal, the people who pledged to donate will keep their money.

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