Minnesota Vikings Stadium Painting
One of my pieces ( artist John Robertson) In the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is The “Purple People Eaters” which shows the legendary linemen Carl Eller, Allen Page, Gary Larson and Jim Marshall. The painting you see in the photograph is eight feet by twelve feet, acrylic on canvas. The “Purple People Eaters’ painting is in the Gold Suites lobby to Norsemen’s suites. This is a private area for the suite owners but the doors are sometimes left opened so one can see them from the public area.
What was fun about the opening is meeting Carl Eller and Jim Marshall who autographed the photograph art book featuring the stadium’s artists. We also had a chance to meet the great Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant.
US Bank Football Stadium
We went to the art collection opening at the new U.S. Bank Stadium where the NFL Minnesota Vikings will be playing their football games starting this 2016 2017 football season. The stadium has a museum-quality art collection. Both my wife (Lynn Hanson) and I have pieces of art in this collection.
U.S. Bank Stadium has some unique features in comparison to other NFL stadiums, It has the largest transparent roof in the nation and five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that will open to a nearly three-acre plaza and the Minneapolis downtown skyline. While the stadium’s roof will be fixed, the transparent 200,000 square feet of glass throughout the building will give fans an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment. The stadium seats are just 41 feet from the sideline. Seven levels in the stadium and it has two of the largest and highest-quality HD video boards in the NFL that are located in both the east and west end zones.
Minnesota Vikings Stadium Art Collection
To see a short video of some of the collection you can go to : http://www.usbankstadium.com/about-the-stadium/art-collection/ You will see two of my paintings in the video. What is an interesting side comment is that my name is not listed on the collection artist’s list although my paintings are in the stadium. My understanding is that only a couple of artists that were not from Minnesota were included in the collection – me being one of them. This was intentional as the other artists not from Minnesota were also left off the list. My wife, Lynn Hanson was include as she is from Minnesota and her sister lives about an hour from downtown Minneapolis.