AMOR (1998)

by Robert Indiana (1928 - 2018)

Photo Caption: Photo by Alec Rogers for the Association for Public Art
Sister Cities Park, 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

  • Title

    AMOR

  • Artist

    Robert Indiana (1928 - 2018)

  • Year

    1998; installed 2015; relocated 2016

  • Medium

    Polychrome aluminum painted red and blue

  • Dimensions

    72″x72″x36″

Acquired 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

Owned by the City of Philadelphia


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At A Glance

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

  • 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 LOVE Park

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.

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’ 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 atop the steps through October 23, 2016.

AMOR is now permanently installed in Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Park at 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The sculpture was formally dedicated at its new location on December 2, 2016. 

AMOR
AMOR in Sister Cities Park. Photo Kasey McCarver © 2018 for the Association for Public Art

Robert Indiana is the artist behind the iconic LOVE (1976) sculpture, located in nearby LOVE Park. 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 serves as a companion artwork to LOVE. 

The permanent installation of AMOR 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.

 

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. For information about Robert Indiana, visit robertindiana.com.

 

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Voices heard in the program:

Robert Indiana (1928-2018), heard on archival recording, is the American painter, sculptor, and graphic artist who created AMOR.

Margot Berg is the Public Art Director for the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, which oversees Indiana’s AMOR and LOVE sculptures.

Father Dennis Gill is Rector and Pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, located across from AMOR.

Fernando Mendez is a journalist and founding member of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Mexican Cultural Center.

Segment Producer: Anne Hoffman

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