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'LOVE' returns: Philadelphia park gets its sculpture back

By The Associated Press
Posted 1:07PM on Tuesday 13th February 2018 ( 6 months ago )

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — "LOVE" is back in Philadelphia, just in time for Valentine's Day.

The famous 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture returned to its namesake park Tuesday after making a number of stops in a parade around Philadelphia before the reinstallation.

School children cheered and those gathered spontaneously sang the fight song for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles as a forklift placed the sculpture atop a pedestal.

The sculpture was temporarily installed at nearby City Hall in 2016 while Love Park was going through a renovation.

It was taken out of view a year ago for repairs ahead of the park's reopening.

The perennial tourist attraction looks a bit different. It's been repainted to the original colors of red, green and purple that the artist originally used. At some point over the decades, the purple had been repainted blue.

FILE - This Nov. 10, 2010, file photo, shows artist Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. The sculpture, temporarily relocated in 2016 before renovations to the plaza, is set to return to its traditional location Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, ahead of Valentine's Day. The tourist attraction has been repainted to its original colors and will be installed on a new rectangular pedestal, in keeping with how Indiana's other works are displayed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, workers temporarily relocate artist Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture before the start of renovations to its traditional location in John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, to a temporary spot across the street in Dilworth Park west of City Hall in Philadelphia. The sculpture is set to return to its customary home Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, ahead of Valentine's Day. The tourist attraction has been repainted to its original colors and will be installed on a new rectangular pedestal, in keeping with how Indiana's other works are displayed. (Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
FILE - In this March 27, 2015, file photo, a young man climbs on artist Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, also known as Love Park, in Philadelphia. The sculpture, temporarily relocated in 2016 before renovations to the plaza, is set to return to its traditional location Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, ahead of Valentine's Day. The tourist attraction has been repainted to its original colors and will be installed on a new rectangular pedestal, in keeping with how Indiana's other works are displayed. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

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