love, Indiana style

Robert Indiana's LOVE design painted on wood crossOctober 27, 2015

It seems that almost everybody knows the famous LOVE design by Robert Indiana, with its LO perched atop the VE and rendered in red, blue and green. Apparently, Indiana (who was born Robert Clark, but later changed his last name to that of his home state), was inspired by his childhood experiences attending a Christian Science church, where the only wall decoration was an inscription stating “God is Love.” For today, I’ve carefully placed and painted the LOVE design to fit and fill a wood cross.

Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source. -Leo Tolstoy

Love is real, real is love
Love is feeling, feeling love
Love is free, free is love
Love is living, living love
Love is needing to be loved
-Lyrics from “Love” by John Lennon

Some people like to paint trees. I like to paint love. I find it more meaningful than painting trees. -Robert Indiana

My goal is that LOVE should cover the world. -Robert Indiana

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. -1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

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