“. . . when I was on Coenties Slip I was so poor that I couldn’t afford large canvases. And at that time painting large was very important. And finding the wood on the streets that went into my early constructions was that which just set me off. It was the constructions where my words first appeared, but it set the whole course of my work. If I had not found that wood I’m not quite sure where I would be right now. And so when I come here [Vinalhaven] I find more wood, so I’m back to my constructions.”
— Robert Indiana
Susan Elizabeth Ryan, interview with Robert Indiana, July 19, 1991, Robert Indiana: Figures of Speech Archive, 1987–2005.