The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall.
Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly removed in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.
In conjunction with the renovation of John F. Kennedy Plaza, better known as LOVE Park, the sculpture was recently restored, repainted and reinstalled in its original location.
Robert Indiana debuted the design for his famous sculpture as a painting in 1964. After constructing the aluminum piece, Indiana lent it to the City of Philadelphia as part of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.
LOVE remained in John F. Kennedy Plaza, which has since become known as LOVE Park, for two years.
The sculpture moved briefly to New York until a local businessman bought it and donated it to the City of Brotherly Love.
An iconic image synonymous with Philadelphia, the piece’s likeness has been recreated on items ranging from postage stamps to jewelry.
The AMOR sculpture— the Spanish version of the LOVE sculpture — is on display at Sister Cities Park, a short walk from LOVE Park.
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