The famed pop artist Robert Indiana left behind a legacy with a single four-letter word.
Indiana, who died Saturday in his Maine home at age 89, was the mind behind the iconic LOVE sculpture found on JFK Plaza — a work that’s become interwoven in the fabric of Philadelphia’s culture since its installation in the mid-1970s.
But the sculpture that gave the plaza its “LOVE Park” nickname is hardly the only one of its kind. You’ll find dozens of others like it across the nation and other parts of the world.
“I am a father to a bad child,” Indiana once told the New York Times. “It bit me.”
Here are five other places you can see versions of the iconic sculpture.
1. University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphians wanting to dodge all the lovebirds and tourists using the sculpture at JFK Plaza as a backdrop can meander west to the University of Pennsylvania campus. Found in Blanche Levy Park, the 1966 sculpture was donated to the school by art dealer Jeffrey Loria in 1996, according to Penn.
The sculpture received some strong reaction from its student body, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported in 1999. Here are a few quotes:
• “It’s a copy of what’s downtown, and I think its disgusting,” said senior Josh Croll.
• “It’s kind of tacky,” junior Jon Sell said. “I think they should set it on fire and put it on top of the high rises.”
• “I love it and hate it at the same time,” said junior Victor Chien.
2. U.S. stamp
It was never just a sculpture — LOVE was originally designed as a Christmas card for New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1965, and became a popular stamp in 1973, according to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
— Cristina Veronese ✎ (@VeroneseCris) May 22, 2018
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Indiana translated his work into other languages. This AMOR sculpture, seen in Madrid in 2006, is now on display at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington.
Similarly, a sculpture spelling AHAVA, meaning “love” in Hebrew, by Indiana can be spotted at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
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The Indiana-born artist’s original LOVE sculpture, according to USA Today, can be found at Newfields, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where it was installed in 1970. It recently underwent restoration.
“Mr. Indiana and his works of art are an iconic symbol of love in the Indianapolis community and we are honored to continue his legacy,” the museum said in an Instagram post.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the beloved Robert Indiana. His Legacy of Love will continue to live on for generations to come as the original LOVE sculpture, made of Cor-ten steel, greets guests into the IMA Galleries. Mr. Indiana and his works of art are an iconic symbol of love in the Indianapolis community and we are honored to continue his legacy. #RobertIndiana #Love #LegacyofLove Image Credit: Robert Indiana, LOVE, 1970. Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Gift of the Friends of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in memory of Henry F. DeBoest. Restoration was made possible by Patricia J. and James E. LaCrosse, 75.174 © Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
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