3 Vikings alums to create artwork for U.S. Bank Stadium

- Three former Minnesota Vikings players have been commissioned to create and display their own artwork at the new U.S. Bank Stadium.

Jim Marshall, Matt Blair and Carl Eller are among the 44 artists chosen to contribute to the stadium’s art collection, according to a statement. The collection will encompass more than 500 original artworks that showcase Minnesota sports and history.

Marshall, a former defensive end for the Vikings who referred to himself as the Silver Eagle during his 17-year career, will recreate his iconic eagle drawing for the stadium’s art collection. During his playing days, Marshall repeatedly drew a silver eagle on his gear – his own interpretation of a symbol from Scandinavian mythology.

Blair, a former outside linebacker, was an avid photographer during and after his time in the NFL. Several of the behind the scenes photos taken during his career with the Vikings will also be part of the stadium’s art collection.

Eller, who played with the Vikings for 15 years and has a passion of ceramic artwork, will create a personal piece for the stadium that pays homage to the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

The U.S. Bank Stadium is set to open this summer.

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