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LOVE is on Display at Rockefeller Center
September 16, 2023, 5:29.16 pm ET



Works by artist Robert Indiana are now on display at Rockefeller Center, including his bright red LOVE sculpture in big block letters which can be found on Fifth Avenue. Born in 1928, Indiana became an icon of the the American Pop Art movement in the 1960s.

The 12-foot-high polychrome aluminum LOVE sculpture was first created in 1970 and reportedly dates back to his childhood memory of “Love” while visiting a Christian Scientist Church. It would later be immortalized in a postal stamp.

Unfortunately, Indiana would never benefit much financially from his LOVE sculpture which he never formally trademarked. After his death in 2018, it sparked a $150 million legal battle between Indiana’s caretaker and a company called the Morgan Art Foundation Limited.

Also on display in a courtyard between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at Rock Center is another of Indiana's works, "ONE Through ZERO," showcasing Indiana’s long-held fascination with numbers, with "one" symbolizing birth and "zero," death.

The Robert Indiana exhibit will be on display from September 13 through October 23, 2023. According to Rockefeller Center, it is accompanied by 193 flags surrounding The Rink featuring images from Indiana’s Peace Paintings series, created as a response to the 9/11 attacks.