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No More LOVE?

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Gabrielle C. '18, Associate Editor

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  No more LOVE in Philly? Not exactly. The LOVE sculpture, a popular tourist attraction in Philadelphia, was removed on February 15 to be repaired and renovated for next few months. For the past few months, the LOVE sculpture has been residing at Dilworth Park, while its original home, LOVE Park has been undergoing repairs itself that have cost up to $16.5 million.

    Has a farewell celebration to Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture, the city threw a public event called the Last Chance for LOVE. The event had given out 200 roses to the attendees in honor of the LOVE sculpture as they listened to a variety of love songs between noon and 2 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

    The total cost for the LOVE sculpture’s repairs is estimated to be about $50,000; the last time the sculpture was refurbished was in 1998. According to Pennlive.com,“The sculpture will be repainted and given a fresh anticorrosion primer to help maintain it for the future. It will also be given a new, rectangular base (rather than the trapezoidal version of the past).”

   Pamela Yau, a special projects coordinator for the Office of Arts and the Creative Economy for Philadelphia, informed Pennlive.com, “We don’t want to have it out of sight for too long….I’m sure people will miss it. It’s one of the most iconic pieces of public art here in the city of Philadelphia.” The LOVE sculpture is reported to return to LOVE Park this summer. In the meantime, the AMOR sculpture will continue to be on display at Sister Cities Park for tourists to admire. According to Pennlive.com, “When LOVE returns, the two sculptures will be in visual alignment, making it easy to go from one to the other.”

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