Americana: Love Story

LOVE came to Philadelphia as a Bicentennial exhibit in 1976 on an extended loan from its creator, Robert Indiana, and for two years the giant statue of the four-letter word stood on its 10-ft. pedestal across from city hall. But LOVE was not free. Indiana's understanding was that the City of Brotherly Love would eventually pay him $45,000 for his much copied sculpture.

One day LOVE suddenly vanished from Philadelphia. After long discussions with budget-minded city officials, Indiana's agent had the sculpture unceremoniously carted off to New York, where another potential buyer wanted to see it.

Local newspapers bewailed the loss. Then City...

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