AMOR, 1998, by Robert Indiana (American, born 1928). Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue. 72 x 72 x 36 inches. © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation. Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Experience Robert Indiana’s colorful sculpture “AMOR” atop the Museum’s famous steps.The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association for Public Art are pleased to present Robert Indiana’s monumental sculpture AMOR (1998) on the Museum’s East Terrace. The colorful, six-foot-high sculpture overlooks the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, site of the public papal mass that culminated the World Meeting of Families 2015. AMOR—meaning “love” in Spanish and Latin—stands at one end of the Parkway, facing Indiana’s LOVE sculpture at JFK Plaza (affectionately called Love Park) at the other end. Described by the artist as a one-sentence poem, LOVE has become an icon of modern art. Robert Indiana originally conceived the celebrated LOVE image through a series of paintings in 1965 and as editions of LOVE sculptures a year later. His masterpiece quickly gained widespread acclaim, entering major collections around the world, most significantly the City of Philadelphia. Indiana created the Spanish/Latin version of the sculpture, AMOR, in 1998. The sculpture is on loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro, who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Robert Indiana’s artistic legacy.