The city where a famous scene from “Purple Rain” was filmed

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A fresco of the prince leaning on a small red corvette looks at the statue, which was installed on June 28 in Henderson, Minnesota.

Fans of the 1984 film will recognize Henderson from the scene on Lake Minnetonka where the character of actress Apollonia Kotero jumped into the freezing water to learn that it was not Lake Minnetonka.

The location is on the banks of the Minnesota River, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and Prince’s Paisley Park Studios.

According to Joel King of the Prince Legacy Henderson Project, the statue cost $ 40,000, most of which came from fans, who donated $ 100 to have their names placed on a bronze donor plaque.

King, retired director of photography and camera operator, worked on the film Prince Graffiti Bridge and on some video projects.

“It’s sort of giving back to Prince what Prince gave me,” said King.

King says fans have been coming to Henderson for years because of “Purple Rain”. The project started with a granite bench carved with doves and the famous guitar symbol of Prince, then he added the mural.

There is a guest book in a purple mailbox with the address 1999. King says it has been signed by over 4,000 people around the world.

He expects the statue to be even more attractive.

Tour operator Randy “Capt. Randy ”Luedtke was impressed when he came to see the statue.

“It was a great commemorative occasion for Prince’s legacy to continue living,” he said.

His business has taken his fans to see monuments of Prince’s rise to power in Minneapolis for about four years. Luedtke says the company typically makes two visits a week, as well as smaller VIP visits.

The real Minnetonka Lake is a popular stop, said Luedtke.

“People just want to take a bottle of water, they want to baptize themselves,” he said.

Luedtke was unable to arrange visits due to the coronavirus pandemic, but says he will add Henderson to the itinerary once he is back in business.

King says the Prince connection has been great for the community, and local businesses have embraced the garden and the tourists it attracts. They even organize a music festival on his birthday called “Prince Fest”.

King feels like it was the perfect time to unveil the statue, as many controversial monuments are being demolished.

“It’s kind of cool to have the statue now, especially when they destroy all the statues in America, and then having a black man on a statue is pretty cool,” he said. “I think it’s a bit of a good time, and Prince deserves it.” “

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