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Pop / Rock 26/06/2001

Bob Dylan is Norwegian angel

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(Launch) - Die-hard fans of Bob Dylan might consider him a god, but a sculptor in Norway likes to think of him as an angel. Artist Kristofer Leirdal, 85, said Bob Dylan inspired his 1969 statue of an archangel that sits atop a Norwegian gothic cathedral. "It's true that I was inspired by Bob Dylan and his features when I made St. Michael," the sculptor told a Norwegian newspaper, confirming years of speculation about the piece. "I saw that singer as a representative of American opposition to the Vietnam war. I thought it was appropriate to have a great poet on top of the tower." The winged statue of St. Michael, standing with a spear poised to kill a dragon, was erected in 1969 to mark the completion of the restoration of part of the cathedral. Construction of the Trondheim Cathedral began in the 12th century, and the building is considered one of the greatest gothic structures in Northern Europe.

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