A Portrait of the Muralist as a Young Man


Last Sunday I wrote about the mural that Eduardo Kobra and his team are painting in downtown Minneapolis. I say this often, but this time I really mean it: The photos don’t do it justice.

Bob Dylan mural

What I found even more extraordinary than the painting itself, though, was the speed at which the artists were working. There was a clear “before-and-after” difference even in the half hour I spent on-site.

I was eager a few days ago to stop by on my way home from work and see a full day’s progress. That’s how I met Joan Vordebruggen, cultural district arts coordinator for Hennepin Theatre Trust — and the project’s organizer.

After a bit of chatting I mustered the courage to ask, “Do you think I might meet the artist?” She was gracious in her response. “He’s very focused,” she said. “Once he starts to work it’s hard to get him off the wall.” I understood completely. “But I’ll let you know if we have a media event tomorrow,” she offered.

A few moments later a lanky man walked into the parking lot. I recognized him immediately from photos I’d seen online. He, too, was gracious — and patient about posing for a few photos.

Bob Dylan mural

Bob Dylan mural

Bob Dylan mural

Bob Dylan mural

Bob Dylan mural

Bob Dylan mural

I wish I’d known a few more words of Portuguese to thank him for adding such a beautiful landmark to my city. What a privilege.

12 Responses to “A Portrait of the Muralist as a Young Man”

  1. good one!

    • 3 hmunro

      Thank you, Judy! Have you been by to see the finished product? You of all people would love it — it’s like a mosaic in stained glass! Thanks so much for stopping by, and sorry for the shameful delay in replying. 🙂

  2. Very cool, and what great timing being in the right place at the right time.

  3. Way to go. You are a journalist.

  4. Lovely photos H – have you sent some copies to him? I bet his mum would like to see him looking happy so far from home

    • 8 hmunro

      I’m so sorry about the delay in responding to your kind comment, Elaine … I’ve been traveling and the wi-fi has been spotty at best. But yes, I sent him copies of all the photos. I bet his mum would like to see them too. 😉 Cheers to you from a faraway location that will soon enough be disclosed.

  5. Your beautiful photos of him and his work are a wonderful thank you.

    • 10 hmunro

      Thank you so much for your kind comment, Cindy. I really appreciate it. (And sorry for the shameful delay in replying to your comment!)

  6. 11 pmmiller1

    OM goodness. These photos totally do the artist, and the art, justice! Best ones I’ve seen, by far. XOXO

    • 12 hmunro

      You’re so kind, Pam. Thank you! (And I can’t wait to see the finished product when I get back!) XOXO to you, dear pal.

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