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Bob Dylan to Exhibit Iron Art

imgresIt’s not enough that Bob Dylan excels in the world of music; Dylan will also be taking over the world of visual art. The singer-songwriter will be premiering an exhibit of iron sculptures this November at the Halcyon Gallery in London, according to the BBC. Dylan has been fascinated with welding and metalwork all his life, and his exhibit, Mood Swings, will showcase this fascination.

“I’ve been around iron all my life—ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country, where you could breathe it and smell it every day,” Dylan said. Who knew, right?

The exhibit will include iron gates that he welded and some other scrap metal creations that are mixed with random objects such as wrenches, roller skates, meat grinders and lawn tools. And why gates? “Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” he said. “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,” Dylan said with his signature poeticism.

If you’re a fan, you might want to get your hands on one of Dylan’s pieces, all of which will be for sale. In addition to the items in Mood Swings, another Dylan collection will also be for sale—a set of original silkscreen works on canvas.

Halcyon Gallery President Paul Green said of Dylan’s exhibit: “This exhibition will cast new light on one of the world’s most important and influential cultural figures of our time. … His iron works demonstrate his boundless creativity and talent. As these artworks are made at home, not on the road, they give us a rare glimpse into another part of the artist’s own personal universe.”

Mood Swings will open on Nov. 16 and run through Jan. 24, 2014.

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