The musician had his first visual art exhibit in 2013 at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

By Jess McHugh
September 08, 2016
Bob Dylan in Studio
Credit: Courtesy of MGM National Harbor

Prolific folk singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has focused his artistic output on a new passion: metal sculpture.

The icon is creating a large iron archway for the opening of the MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino later this year in Maryland, according to the hotel.

Measuring 26-feet by 15-feet, the work of art entitled “Portal” will welcome guests to the Maryland property as they arrive.

“Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow,” Dylan said in a statement. “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.”

“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.”

The 75-year-old musician's most recent album “Fallen Angels,” was released in May 2016 and covers a variety of songs made popular by Frank Sinatra. The album received mixed reviews, though critics lauded Dylan for his technical skill.

Dylan has been experimenting with metalwork for about 30 years.

He had his first visual art exhibit in London in 2013. The show at the National Portrait Gallery in London featured 12 pastel works of both real and imagined persons, the BBC reported at the time.

Jess McHugh is a digital reporter for Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @MchughJess.