Striking new artistic landmark represents the spirit of progress and partnership that together lead our community to a better future.
Minneapolis – May 11, 2016 – A unique artistic landmark will soon greet visitors to the new U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Funded by Medtronic as a part of its community sponsorship at U.S. Bank Stadium and designed by Minneapolis-based design firm Alliiance, the 38-ton monument bears a resemblance to the Gjallarhorn, the famous horn from Norse mythology and a symbol of the Minnesota Vikings. Construction is already underway.
“The Horn” will consist of two winding, purple and gold steel ribbons that together will form the shape of a Gjallarhorn. A mirrored finish on the inside of the stainless steel ribbons will allow visitors to see their reflections. Medtronic and the Vikings envision “The Horn” as a picturesque gathering spot for fans visiting U.S. Bank Stadium.
“This unique monument continues the Vikings theme of connecting with the community and our fans throughout their stadium experience, beginning with the first step they take on Medtronic Plaza,” said Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren. “We hope it will help create lasting memories of their experience at U.S. Bank Stadium.”
“The Horn is a visible icon representing partnership and progress – not just on a football field, but in our community,” said Rob Clark, vice president of Global Communications and Corporate Marketing at Medtronic. “We hope this sculpture is enjoyed by everyone who comes to visit Medtronic Plaza.”
The contemporary art sculpture will be illuminated for night visitors. “The Horn” will be 107 feet long, 25 feet high and 30 feet wide. By comparison, the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture in Minneapolis is about 30 feet long by 15 wide feet by 15 feet high.
In Norse mythology, a Gjallarhorn, or “yelling horn” was associated with Heimdallr, the Norse god of dawn and light. The Minnesota Vikings sound a Gjallarhorn as a rally cry before home football games.
Construction of “The Horn” is part of Medtronic’s ten-year partnership with the Vikings, which includes sponsoring the three-acre Medtronic Plaza outside the stadium, the Medtronic Club inside the stadium, and a community service program with the team.