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LOVE Park

The location of the LOVE sculpture and the entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

LOVE Park

Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture at Philadelphia's LOVE Park. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Overview

A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its nickname LOVE Park due to the famous sculpture that calls the park home.

Located near City Hall, LOVE Park serves as the grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

LOVE sculpture

The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is the iconic LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.

During LOVE Park’s renovations from 2016 to 2018, the LOVE sculpture was restored to its original colors: red, green and purple.

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History

The plaza — designed by famed City Planner Edmond Bacon (the father of actor Kevin Bacon) — was originally constructed over an underground parking garage in 1965. The plaza expanded in 1969 with the addition of curved granite steps and a fountain.

Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE statue was not installed until the bicentennial in 1976, only to be removed two years later. Due to its immense popularity, the sculpture was purchased by the Chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission, F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., and permanently returned to the plaza.

From 2016 to 2018, LOVE Park underwent extensive renovations to bring grand redesign plans — including adding green space and structural improvements, installing a new water feature, creating concession areas and opening up access to the park — to fruition. Renovations will be completed in spring 2018.

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