A contemporary sculpture evocative of a Vikings horn will have a home on the west plaza of the new U.S. Bank Stadium.
The installation, commissioned by Medtronic, is yet another large structure on the plaza named for the medical technology giant.
The sculpture, which likely won’t be completed until later in August, will be 107 feet long, 25 feet high, 30 feet wide and weigh more than 38 tons. It won’t be as large as the nearby Vikings’ ship that will house the commemorative pavers purchased by fans and feature a curved video board as the mast.
Minneapolis firm Alliiance designed the Medtronic sculpture, called “The Horn,” which will have embedded LED lights so it can be illuminated at night.
The sculpture consists of two spiraling ribbons that resemble the gjallarhorn, the long horn played before every Vikings’ home game. It will sit just outside the five pivoting glass doors on the west side of the building.
The horn will be made of structural tube steel, stainless steel and painted metal panels. Seamless mirrors will line the inside surfaces of the flowing ribbons.
Rob Clark, vice president of global communications at Medtronic, said, “The Horn is a visible icon representing partnership and progress — not just on the football field, but in our community.”
Vikings COO Kevin Warren said the “unique monument continues the Vikings theme of connecting with the community” beginning with the first step fans take on the plaza.