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Creator of ‘LOVE’ sculpture, Robert Indiana, dead at 89

A replica of Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture can be found in Louis Campau Promenade was unveiled on May 9, 2018 in downtown Grand Rapids. (Najd Ayari/The Collegiate)

Robert Indiana, creator of the “LOVE” sculpture that has been replicated worldwide including recently in Grand Rapids, died Saturday at the age of 89.

Indiana died from respiratory failure in his home in Vinalhaven, Maine according to his long-time lawyer, James W. Brannan, the New York Times reported. Brannan further shared Indiana had no family and there are no plans for a memorial service.

Indiana, a sculptor and painter, was one of the leading forces in the Pop Art movement joining Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and others. His most famous piece of work, “LOVE,” originally appeared in a Christmas card in 1965 for New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Indiana later created the image in a 144 by 144 by 72 inch sculpture, which has stood in the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 1970.

On May 9, the Frey Foundation unveiled a replica of Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture in downtown Grand Rapids in Louis Campau Promenade. The sculpture is the newest piece of artwork in the city of Grand Rapids.