Hormel Foods To Dedicate "The Inspired People Plaza"


New plaza and sculpture are tributes to those who feed the world

Gordon Huether, award-winning sculpture with ties to Austin, Minnesota to be on hand for the

25-foot "Big Fork Power of Food" sculpture dedication


Source: Hormel Foods Corporation

via PR Newswire/Ottumwa Courier (IA) - Sep 13, 2022


WHAT: Jim Snee, chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods and Deanna Brady, executive vice president, Refrigerated Foods, will dedicate "The Inspired People Plaza" at the world headquarters of Hormel Foods Corporation in Austin, Minn. The centerpiece of the plaza is a one ton, 25-foot fork sculpture created by Gordon Huether. The statue is clad with nearly 20,000 forks, representing and donated by Hormel Foods team members worldwide. It is located on the front lawn of 1 Hormel Place and serves as the anchor of the new outdoor plaza. The plaza's name is a nod to the company's purpose statement, Inspired People. Inspired Food.TM


Following the dedication, Hormel Foods team members will be treated to live music from American Idol winner Chayce Beckham, as well as food from celebrity chefs and yard games.




Thursday, Sept. 15 Dedication ceremony begins at Noon

Entire event runs from Noon 2 p.m.



Front lawn of Hormel Foods World Headquarters

1 Hormel Place

Austin, Minn. 55912




The sculpture is rich with meaning, including being emblematic of the 131-year-old Hormel Foods Corporation. The project had its genesis nearly two years ago to find a symbol of the power of food and the role the company plays as one of the most admired food companies in the world. The sculpture will be dedicated to Hormel Foods team of 20,000 as well as the community of Austin Minnesota. Armed with a purpose, the team began their search for an artist to bring the vision to life. Their search brought them to Napa, Calif., and the studio of Gordon Huether. For 40 years, Huether has produced multimedia works of art, especially large, public installations that spotlight cities, regions, companies, universities and more. His wife and business partner, Darcy Huether, was born in Austin, Minn., and several of her relatives previously worked for Hormel Foods.


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