A sculpture graces the front lawn of the global headquarters of Hormel Foods, leaving no question as to the mission of the Austin, Minn., company. Standing 25 feet tall and fashioned from nearly 20,000 forks, the piece serves as a tribute to the food that powers our world and the inspired people at Hormel Foods who make it.
The installation was brought to Austin in September 2022 and serves as the centerpiece of the company’s Inspired People Plaza, a place for team members and anyone who wants to celebrate the role food plays in our lives.
Thousands of forks that once belonged to Hormel Foods team members are the main component of the sculpture. Behind the everyday, ordinary utensils are untold stories of the common and not-so-common events and happenings that have served to bond families, unite communities and change the world.