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Singer and Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan snags another title: sculptor

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An archway welded by Dylan will adorn a new MGM resort in Maryland.
(MGM National Harbor)

Bob Dylan has released 48 albums, penned more than 600 songs and, as of last week, won a Nobel Prize. But what he really likes to do is weld.

At least that’s one of his passions. A product of Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dylan has sculpted ironwork for friends and family for a long time. It wasn’t until 2013 that the public got a peek. And now visitors to a Maryland resort will get a glimpse when MGM National Harbor opens its doors later this year.

Guests will be greeted by a sculpted iron archway commissioned by the resort and designed by Dylan. The 26-foot by 15-foot piece reportedly will be the songwriter’s  first permanent work of art for a public space.

Generally, Dylan’s sculptures feature junkyard scraps — old metal, chains, wheels and children’s toys — that he welds together himself.

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“As a company founded upon entertainment, we’re truly inspired by artists who channel their energy into diverse paths,” Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said in a release.

To hardcore Dylan fans, that may seem like an odd alliance or even a sell-out. After all, in the mid-’60s, Dylan cheekily told reporters that if he ever resorted to commercials, it would be for “ladies garments.”

He has since been a pitchman for IBM and Cadillac, among others.

Chris.Erskine@latimes.com

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