Indiana’s 2000 construction Love/Eros/Amour/Liebe/Ahava exemplifies his desire to render love in numerous languages. The artist created his first foreign language love in 1977, the Cor-Ten steel sculpture AHAVA (Hebrew for love), and in 1998 he conceived his series of limited edition AMOR sculptures [although the word amor, as well as eros, first appeared in the 1995 painting, Lust Family Portrait (AMOR/LOVE/EROS/LUST)]. He also gave his three German flag colored LOVE paintings, all called Die Deutsche Liebe (1967–68), a title incorporating the German word for love, and in 2002 he began a series of paintings using the Mandarin word for love, Ài. Different translations (amour, amor, amore, liebe, ahava) and types (agape, eros, lust) of love also appear in his painting The Ninth Love Cross (2001).
Although Indiana created Love/Eros/Amour/Liebe/Ahava in Vinalhaven, studio pictures from the early 1960s indicate that he used a unique form that he had in his possession from his time on Coenties Slip.