There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to the $1.3 billion MGM National Harbor project. When open later this year, the Prince George’s County development will offer a casino, 308-room hotel, six-story parking garage, a 26,582-square-foot spa and salon, and a variety of food options. Just recently, it was revealed by Washingtonian that there’s one more aspect of the megaproject to get look forward to: an iron gateway created by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.
The Grammy Award-winning musician is also a metalworking artist, who is currently working on a 26-foot-by-15-foot installation, titled "Portals." Washington Business Journal reported that the artwork will be made out of found objects, scrap metal and artifacts collected from junkyards. According to Washingtonian, the gate will be a permanent installation at the venue.
In a statement, Dylan said, "Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. 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."
Other artworks that will be showcased at MGM National Harbor include three 60-foot-tall stainless steel twists, called "Unity," by Washington, D.C.-based sculptor John Safer.