The Horn is an installation representing progress and partnership, commissioned by Medtronic as a gift to the community. It is sited at the front door of the new U.S. Bank football stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grows out of three primary ideas:
COMMUNITY: The monument is the product of two separate but entwined ribbons, working in concert to create its overall form and reflect Medtronic’s brand promise “Further, Together.” Mirrored panels on the interior surfaces of these ribbons reflect visitors’ faces as well as views of the surrounding cityscape? and sky. At its north end, the sculpture frames a circular plaza space intended for street performers and bands.
MEDICAL IMAGERY: The spirals and curves of this monument relate to medical imagery such as DNA strands, medical serpents, and EKG graphs. Experienced from within, these forms recall Medtronic’s historic mural, “Towards Full Life.”
VIKINGS FOOTBALL: Viewed from the outside, the monument traces the shape of a Viking battle horn “Gjallarhorn,” (laying on its side), clad in team colors.
The Horn is approximately 107 feet long x 25 feet high x 30 feet wide and weighs more than 38 tons. Its ribbons consist of a steel box structure clad on the outside with purple or gold aluminum and on the inside with mirror-polished stainless steel. The design minimizes the thickness of these ribbons, using the sculpture’s curvature to its structural advantage. The greatest structural challenge was the tail cantilever, which extends over 90 feet and weighs approximately 19,000 pounds. The completed ribbons are 36 inches minimum in width by a mere six inches deep. This depth has been further dematerialized through the use of a continuous LED back-lit reveal joint at the ribbon edges that visually separates the mirrored surfaces from the purple and gold ones.