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Iconic ‘LOVE’ sculpture erected in Des Moines park

July 25, 2019
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Staff with the Des Moines Arts Center install an edition of Robert Indiana's "LOVE" at the Pappajohn Sculpture park on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Des Moines. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)
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Staff with the Des Moines Arts Center install an edition of Robert Indiana's "LOVE" at the Pappajohn Sculpture park on Thursday, July 25, 2019 in Des Moines. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines’ John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is celebrating its 10th birthday with some love.

The Des Moines Register reports that the park is now home to a version of the late artist Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture. Crews worked Thursday morning to install the sculpture, which depicts the word “LOVE” in red with the “L″ and “O″ stacked on top of the “V″ and “E.” The Museum of Modern Art used the image as its Christmas card in 1965, and the U.S. Postal Service portrayed it on a stamp in 1973. Similar versions of the sculpture are located in many cities.

John and Mary Pappajohn have previously donated 30 works to the park. They contributed the money for the Des Moines Art Center, which curates the park, to buy the sculpture.

The sculpture park will celebrate its 10th anniversary in September.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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