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Dylan by Duluth is a bronze sculpture tribute of music legend Bob Dylan for his birth city of Duluth, Minnesota. Read more

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Dylan by Duluth is a bronze sculpture tribute of music legend Bob Dylan for his birth city of Duluth, Minnesota.

Duluth, MN Sculpture
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"Highway 61 begins about where I came from, Duluth, to be exact. I always felt like I'd started on it, always had been on it, and could go anywhere from it." -Bob Dylan*

 "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.” - Duluth Mayor Don Ness

The Sculpture

Over a year in the making, the Dylan by Duluth concept is meant to be not only a tribute to modern times' most prominent songwriter, author, painter, radio host, and all-around mystic, but also as a dedication to his fans world-wide.

The Dylan by Duluth Creative Team includes a number of individuals helmed by sculptor Tom Page, an experienced artist of many large-scale projects. Donate now to become a part of Dylan's legend and join the Team!

Below is a scale model of the sculpture that Tom has created to give prospective givers an idea of the final piece. The image of the scale model below gives you an idea of what the finished product will look like. (Note the lyrics or song titles that will be used in his coat, which is blowing in the wind.) The tribute is meant to capture Dylan in his earlier years, as he steps out of the Iron Range and onto the world stage.

The final bronze sculpture will stand approximately 12 feet 6 inches (about 4 meters) tall with the base. When you visit the final tribute, you will not likely stand much taller than Dylan's knees!

Dimensions of the Tribute
Dimensions of the Tribute

The sculpture will rest on two circular bases. On the outer ring of the top base will be bronze nameplates of each of Bob Dylan's thirty-five studio albums. The bronze plates will include the title of each of Dylan's studio albums and the title of each track on the album. See the Bootleg Level of giving below to have your name associated with one of these albums. 

On the outer ring of the bottom base will be bronze plates with the engraved names of each person who donates at the Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Level (see below). The upper ring of the bottom base will be a bronze plate representing each of Dylan's studio albums and the track listing for each. Those donating at the Bootleg Level can have their name engraved next to their album of choice (see below).

The REWARDS!

FREEWHEELIN' Level. $4.00: Commemorative Ticket to the public unveiling. 

Although the unveiling of the sculpture will be free and open to the public, fans at the Freewheelin' Level will receive an official Dylan by Duluth ticket to the event, along with a gracious thanks from the sculptor. Bring the ticket to the final sculpture's unveiling, get it framed, or use it as a bookmark!

How it works: After the project is funded, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send the ticket right away!

Freewheelin' Level (artist's rendering; actual ticket not pictured)
Freewheelin' Level (artist's rendering; actual ticket not pictured)

TANGLED UP IN BLUE Level. $25.00: Dylan by Duluth Guitar Picks: 

Those who give at the Tangled Up in Blue level will receive three colored guitar picks with the Dylan by Duluth logo. The Tangled Up in Blue Level also includes a commemorative ticket to the tribute's unveiling, signed by the artist at your request!

How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send the ticket and guitar picks right away!

Tangled Up in Blue Level
Tangled Up in Blue Level

GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Level. $50.00: Dylan by Duluth Hat: 

Those who give at the Girl from the North Country Level will receive a stylish, official Dylan by Duluth baseball cap, pictured below. The Dylan by Duluth logo will be embroidered on the cotton adjustable hat, as shown below. A sure conversation starter, expect nods from people passing you on the street knowing that you're "in the know."

How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send your hat as soon as its embroidered!

Girl From the North Country Level
Girl From the North Country Level

DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALRIGHT Level. $75.00: Name Engraving: 

Your name will become a part of Dylan's legacy when it is engraved on a series of bronze plaques that surround the sculpture. When you visit the tribute, you can see your name in bronze. Become a part of his legacy! Donors at the Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Level will also receive a Dylan by Duluth commemorative ticket.

We hope that the Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Level will be the most popular, as it will give true ownership of the bronze tribute to Dylan fans around the world.

How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will send you an online questionnaire, where you can tell us how you would like your name portrayed. You could also give at this level and submit your spouse's name, best friend's name, or your own nickname. This level of giving makes for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime present for a birthday or the holidays!

Names engraved at the Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Level; Engraved names shall be subject to a limit of approximately 14 letters and subject to approval...nothing profane! (bonus points if you can identify the significance of these names!
Names engraved at the Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Level; Engraved names shall be subject to a limit of approximately 14 letters and subject to approval...nothing profane! (bonus points if you can identify the significance of these names!

HURRICANE Level. $119.00: All of the above. 

Those giving at the Hurricane Level will receive their name engraved in the tribute, a Dylan by Duluth hat, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, and a commemorative ticket to the tribute's unveiling. 

Hurricane Level
Hurricane Level

LIKE A ROLLING STONE LEVEL. $1,000.00: Personal Scale Replica of the Dylan by Duluth Sculpture: 

Add to your personal collection by bringing the Dylan by Duluth project home. Give at this level and receive a scaled model sculpture of the actual project, approximately 18 to 24 inches tall. (See how it will look HERE.) Each piece will be cast in resin by the sculptor himself and will be series numbered. The Like A Rolling Stone level includes a commemorative ticket to the unveiling, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, a Dylan by Duluth hat, and your name engraved in the contributors' circle.

How it works: After the project is fully backed, the artist will first need to complete the full sculpture. Once the sculpture is completed, the artist will begin work on casting these scale models. While we hope to have them mailed by the time the tribute is installed in Duluth, this date could be delayed if the number of donors at this level exceeds expectations. 

Like a Rolling Stone Level
Like a Rolling Stone Level

BOOTLEG Level. $1,500.00: Sponsor a Dylan Album Plaque. 

Bob Dylan has released 35 studio albums, and the tribute will include bronze plaques for each of them, directly at the base of the sculpture. By giving at the Bootleg Level, you can sponsor one of these albums. Imagine having your name at the base of the sculpture as the sponsor of HIghway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline, or any of his other studio albums! The Bootleg Level includes a commemorative ticket to the unveiling, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, and a Dylan by Duluth hat.

How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will send you an online questionnaire, where you can tell us how you would like your name portrayed AND which album you'd like to sponsor. 

Pick from the following albums: Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, The Times They Are a-Changin', Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Dylan, Planet Waves, Blood on the Tracks, The Basement Tapes, Desire, Street Legal, Slow Train Coming, Saved, Shot of Love, Infidels, Empire Burlesque, Knocked Out Loaded, Down in the Groove, Oh Mercy, Under the Red Sky, Good as I Been to You, World Gone Wrong, Time Out of Mind, Love and Theft, Modern Times, Together Through Life, Christmas in the Heart, Tempest.

Bootleg Level: Sponsor an album!
Bootleg Level: Sponsor an album!

The Unveiling

Our team hopes to have the fundraising completed by the end of this summer. Because snow covers Duluth every winter, the installation of the bronze tribute will likely be done in the Spring or Summer of 2014. We are trying to arrange for an unveiling on May 24, 2014, Dylan's 73rd birthday!

About the Artist and the Creative Team

The engine driving the Dylan by Duluth Creative Team is sculptor Tom Page. Tom is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He has been residing and working in northern Minnesota for over thirty years and has been sculpting large-scale projects like the Dylan by Duluth Project for decades. Here is a recent story on Tom by Lakeland Public Television:

Below is a video highlighting some of Tom's body of work:

And here are some more pictures of some of Tom's large-scale bronze pieces:

"Timber Cruiser" in Houghton-Hancock, MI
"Timber Cruiser" in Houghton-Hancock, MI
"The Paper Grinder" in Grand Rapids, MN
"The Paper Grinder" in Grand Rapids, MN

The Dylan by Duluth Creative Team includes a number of individuals  Members of the Dylan by Duluth Creative Team have backed a number of projects, and we're hoping folks return the favor! 

Dylan by Duluth and the Dylan by Duluth Creative Team are a division of Tom Page, Inc.

The Mayor and The City

Duluth Mayor Don Ness is a supporter of this Kickstarter project. Don has been a strong supporter of the arts in Duluth. Before becoming mayor, Don was festival director for Homegrown Music Festival, a founding member of Duluth’s Dylan Days, and led the effort to establish Dylan Way, a cultural pathway through downtown Duluth. Mayor Ness was kind enough to meet with the team, and even kinder to offer his words of support: 

 "Duluth is a very different city than it was when Bob Dylan was born here in 1941. But many things remain the same – the hill, the Lake, the natural beauty, and a real unique and authentic spirit of the people who choose to live here. Obviously 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.” - Mayor Don Ness

From what we can tell, this is the first Kickstarter project to receive an official endorsement from a public official. Don Ness has been the mayor of Duluth, Minnesota since 2007. He is well known for his attempts to bring Google Fiber to his dear city, his crowd-surfing with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak at Trampled by Turtles concerts, and his official spoof of PSY's Gangnam Style video.

Duluth is a beautiful city that links Minnesota's famed Iron Range to the western tip of the Great Lakes. It features the United States' only freshwater aquarium and Bob Dylan's famous Highway 61.

Duluth at Night
Duluth at Night

Contact the Dylan by Duluth Creative Team

Visit our official web site!

E-mail us: DylanByDuluth@gmail.com

Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Twitter!

Reblog us on Tumblr!

Upvote us on Reddit

Pin it on Pinterest!

*Beautiful photographs used in video courtesy of Mary Sullivan. Thanks, Mary! Also, thanks in advance that those who helped prepare us for this project.

*Bob Dylan has not endorsed this project and is not yet involved in any way...but we would love to have his support!

Risks and challenges

This project is more ambitious than the typical Kickstarter project, both in the scope of fundraising and in the installation of such a large piece. Nonetheless, we believe that the enthusiasm and fan base exists to fund such a project. We have spent the last few months preparing a Bob Dylan blitz through traditional media outlets. We are also attempting to maximize exposure to social media by using online tools like Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, and Google Plus.

Our team has also been working closely with Duluth Mayor Don Ness. He has provided wonderful advice as far as securing a location within Duluth and has connected us with a number of local individuals that will be crucial in local promotion and installation of the finished piece.

Tom is an artist with over forty years of sculpting experience. In addition to the work above, you can also view some of his prior work on the biography page on the upper right.

Distribution of the Rewards will be a major undertaking, and we have a number of people working on this front. There will likely be many questions, and we will work diligently to keep open lines of communication with all of those who contact the team. You will get the fastest response if you e-mail us: DylanByDuluth@gmail.com. We will post a FAQ once people begin to ask questions. And check back regularly for updates!

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $4 reward

    14 backers

    FREEWHEELIN' Level--
    Commemorative Ticket to the unveiling: While the official unveiling will be free and open to the public, fans at the "Freewheelin'" Level will receive a gracious thanks from the sculptor and an official ticket to the sculpture's unveiling. Bring the ticket to the event, get it framed, or use it as a bookmark! Signed by the sculptor at your request.
    How it works: After the project is funded, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send the ticket to you right away!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $25 reward

    11 backers

    TANGLED UP IN BLUE Level--
    Dylan by Duluth Guitar Picks: Those who give at the Tangled Up in Blue Level will receive three colored guitar picks with the Dylan by Duluth logo.

    The Tangled Up in Blue Level also includes a commemorative ticket to the unveiling. How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send the ticket and guitar picks right away!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $50 reward

    7 backers

    GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY Level-- Dylan by Duluth Hat: Those who give at the Girl from the North Country Level will receive a stylish, official Dylan by Duluth baseball cap. Expect nods from people passing you on the street knowing that you're "in the know." Those donating at this level will also receive a commemorative ticket to the unveiling. How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will ask you for your mailing address, and we'll send your hat as soon as its embroidered!

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $75 reward

    29 backers

    DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALRIGHT Level--Name Engraving: Your name will become a part of Dylan's legacy when it is engraved on a bronze plaque that will be secured to the base upon which the sculpture stands. When you visit the tribute, you can see your name in bronze. Become a part of his legacy! How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will send you an online questionnaire, where you can tell us how you would like your name portrayed. You could also give at this level and submit your spouse's name, best friend's name, or your own nickname. This level of giving makes for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime present for a birthday or the holidays! Those giving at this level will also receive a commemorative ticket to the unveiling.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $119 reward

    26 backers

    HURRICANE Level--All of the above. Those giving at the Hurricane Level will receive your name engraved in the tribute, a Dylan by Duluth hat, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, and a commemorative ticket to the unveiling.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    4 backers

    LIKE A ROLLING STONE LEVEL--Personal Scale Replica of the Dylan by Duluth Sculpture: Add to your personal collection by bringing the Dylan by Duluth project home. Give at this level and receive a scaled model sculpture of the actual project, approximately 18 inches tall. Each piece will be cast in resin by the sculptor himself and will be series numbered. The Like A Rolling Stone level includes a commemorative ticket to the unveiling, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, a Dylan by Duluth hat, and your name engraved in the contributor's circle. How it works: After the project is fully backed, the artist will first need to complete the full sculpture. Once the sculpture is completed, the artist will begin work on casting these scaled models. While we hope to have them mailed by the time the tribute is installed in Duluth, this date could be delayed if the number of donors at this level exceeds expectations. (We will be able to ship this sculpture to most countries. If your country is not available for shipping at the below price, we will contact you for a refund of your money or to negotiate a new shipping price.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $1,500 reward

    1 backer

    BOOTLEG Level--Sponsor a Dylan Album Plaque. Bob Dylan has released 35 studio albums, and the tribute will include bronze plaques for each of them. After the Tribute is funded, we will contact you to determine which album you would like to have your name assigned to. How it works: After the project is fully backed, we will send you an online questionnaire, where you can tell us how you would like your name portrayed AND which album you'd like to sponsor. Those donating at this level will receive a Dylan by Duluth Hat, three Dylan by Duluth guitar picks, and a commemorative ticket to the unveiling.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $2,000 reward

    1 backer

    DYLAN GOES PLATINUM Level--This level combines the BOOTLEG Level and the LIKE A ROLLING STONE Level...that is, you get all of the above.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (60 days)