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Pulling up to Yorkshire Sculpture Park earlier this week, visitors were welcomed by a large-scale version of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture in vivid red, blue, and green, framed by a cloudless sky. Heralding the first major exhibition at the park since the pandemic’s onset, the artwork offers a much-needed message of hope.

Amid the geopolitical crisis unfolding in Ukraine, the work has taken on a new poignancy. The curator of the show, YSP director Clare Lilley, recalled driving in after a day of devastating news and finding herself tearing up in front of LOVE. “I hope that this exhibition is one that lifts people and frankly reminds us all of the importance of love, the importance of community, and the importance of being together,” she said.

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Robert Indiana, LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966–1998, installation view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2022. Photo: © Jonty Wilde, courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Artwork: © 2022 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London

Robert Indiana, LOVE (Red Blue Green), 1966–1998, installation view at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2022. Photo: © Jonty Wilde, courtesy of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Artwork: © 2022 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd./ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/DACS, London