For nearly 41 years, artist Robert Indiana’s sculpture LOVE has stood in a park in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 830-pound aluminum artwork is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. So residents and city officials were shocked to learn that part of the sculpture had long been painted the wrong color—and that no one had noticed the mistake.
The discovery came about in 2017, when the city decided to repair and repaint the sculpture. A representative from Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy contacted Indiana’s studio to verify the sculpture’s exact colors. It turned out that LOVE was supposed to be red, green, and purple, not red, green, and blue. How did the mix-up happen?