The complicated life and legacy of Robert Indiana, the artist behind the iconic ‘LOVE’ sculpture

Jennifer Rooks:

Vinalhaven Island, Maine, is an hour and 15 minute ferry ride from the mainland. It is a close-knit community, home to generations of lobster fishermen and their families.

For 40 years it was also home to one of America’s most important contemporary artists, Robert Indiana. Indiana moved to Vinalhaven in the early 1970s and fled the New York City art scene, where he felt undervalued.

He bought and moved into a historic building right on Main Street, the Odd Fellows. Indiana called it the Star of Hope and transformed the building into a studio, living space and museum of sorts.

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