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Minnesota Artists Begin Mural Work at U.S. Bank Stadium

Posted Jun 21, 2016

After receiving the key to U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday morning, the Vikings wasted no time in getting a start on turning their new house into a home.

Beginning yesterday, art from more than 40 Minnesota artists – including three former Vikings players and one coach – began being installed throughout the new downtown stadium. In total, 350 original pieces of commissioned art and 250 pieces of framed photography will be on display when the building opens its doors for Vikings football on August 28.

Along with photographs and sculptures, work on two massive hand-painted murals on the walls of the stadium’s main concourse started this past weekend. The two murals will take three weeks to be finished.

On the main concourse’s north side, Minneapolis College of Art and Design alum Ed Charbonneau and Jeremy Szopinski are using metallic paint courtesy of Valspar to capture the spirit of motion and movement of footballs in their 17’ tall-by-127’ long mural. Based in the Twin Cities, Charbonneau and Szopinkski’s abstract art is a colorful display featuring the Vikings purple and gold, as well as silver, that showcases an explosion of footballs arranged in perfect golden spirals.

On the stadium’s south side, Minneapolis resident Greg Gossel will use words, images and gestures to showcase a visual history of change in a  17’ tall-by-85’ long mural. His mural, “The Vikings Are Coming!” represents the story of the rich history of Vikings football. Using a vibrant color palette, Gossel looks to capture the energy and excitement with fans using unique imagery such as vintage ticket stubs and game programs.

"This collection was born of the community with over 100 artists commissioned, approximately 85 from right here in Minnesota,” said Viking Vice President of Partnership Activation and Special Projects Tanya Dreesen. “Our collection celebrates the bold north and shows the innovation, resilience and relentlessness of Minnesotans. Through these artists’ imagination, creativity and talent we're showing the world how special Minnesota is."    

Commissioned artwork from local residents is part of the commitment to honor the Minneapolis-St. Paul community and the state of Minnesota in U.S. Bank Stadium. More than 1,100 interested artists submitted their previous works and ideas for the new stadium in early 2015 and the list of selected artists was announced in October 2015. Former Vikings Matt Blair, Carl Eller and Jim Marshall join Hall of Fame Coach Bud Grant in having their art included a part of this collection.  Sports & the Arts was hired to assist the Vikings in curating and installing the collection.