AMOR (1998)

by Robert Indiana (1928 - )

Photo Caption: Photo Alec Rogers © 2016 for the Association for Public Art
  • Title

    AMOR

  • Artist

    Robert Indiana (1928 - )

  • Year

    1998; installed 2015; relocated in 2016

  • Location

    Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (currently being installed)

  • Medium

    Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue

  • Dimensions

    72″x72″x36″

Presented by the Association for Public Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Owned by the City of Philadelphia

At A Glance

  • *AMOR is being relocated to Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • On the occasion of Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S., the Association for Public Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art brought Robert Indiana’s AMOR to the Museum’s East Terrace

  • AMOR means “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin

  • Artist Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE sculpture, located in nearby Dilworth Park

  • Indiana created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens

On the occasion of the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., the Philadelphia Museum of Art in partnership with the Association for Public Art presented the installation of Robert Indiana’s AMOR atop the Museum’s famous steps, where the sculpture overlooked the Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. AMOR – which means “love” in both Pope Francis’s native Spanish and the Church’s traditional Latin – was on loan from the Morgan Art Foundation, courtesy of Simon and Marc Salama-Caro, and remained on view through October 23, 2016.

He [Robert Indiana] created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the US and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens.

AMOR will now be permanently installed in Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Park at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where the sculpture will be formally dedicated on December 2, 2016 at 3pm. (Click here for more information.)

Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE (1976) sculpture, located in nearby Dilworth Park. (LOVE will return to John F. Kennedy Plaza in 2017.) He created this Latin/Spanish version of the sculpture in response to the changing demographics of the U.S. and his desire to speak to his fellow citizens. As a permanent part of the City of Philadelphia’s public art collection, AMOR will serve as a companion artwork to LOVE, and the sculptures will be in view of one another. 

The permanent installation of the sculpture was made possible through the generosity of the City of Philadelphia, the Morgan Art Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mrs. Edith R. Dixon, and the Association for Public Art.

 

Looking at Robert Indiana's "AMOR" from behind with City Hall in the background
Robert Indiana’s AMOR (from behind) in its former location atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo Caitlin Martin © 2015 for the Association for Public Art.

Association for Public Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art logos

Founded in 1872, the Association for Public Art commissions, preserves, promotes and interprets public art in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum: a landmark building with world-class collections, exhibitions and programs. More information about Robert Indiana can be found at robertindiana.com.

Philadelphia Parks and Rec Logo

Thank you to Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for their support!

AMOR twitter instagram

Share your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #AMORphilly!
@assocpublicart @philamuseum @wmf2015

 

RESOURCES:

This artwork is part of the Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tour, and the Around the Philadelphia Museum of Art tour.

Loading map...

More artworks