Happy Birthday Robert Indiana!

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Robert Indiana, born on September 13, 1928, is an American artist associated with the Pop Art movement.

Indiana grew up as “Robert Clark” in New Castle, Indiana. Indiana attended the Art institute of Chicago and completed classes for his BFA degree at the University of Edinburgh. The artist changed his last name when he moved to New York City in 1954.

Indiana’s most recognizable work, the LOVE statue was first created as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1964. The first LOVE sculpture was carved out of a solid block of aluminum, highly unpolished, that the pop artist had made for a show at the Stable Gallery in 1966. In 1973, it was produced as a United States postage stamp. Sculptural versions have been found in various cities including Philadelphia.

In 2008, Indiana redesigned his love image with the word HOPE in honor of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.  All money raised from the sale of products with the HOPE design were donated to Obama’s presidential campaign.

Indiana currently resides in the island town of Vinalhaven, Maine.

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