The 6666, The American Dream and its auxiliary paintings, US 66 (States) and US 66 (Cities), recall the earlier painting USA 666 (The Sixth American Dream), and are further examples of Indiana’s self-proclaimed preoccupation with the number six. This preoccupation came from multiple sources, the 6 of his father’s birth month, the Phillips 66 sign of the company his father worked for, and Route 66, down which his father disappeared when he left his family.
The 6666, The American Dream references three notable years from the 1960s. 1960 is when Indiana began working on the canvas that would become The American Dream, I, the first painting in his American Dream series, and 1966 is the year of Indiana’s “LOVE show” at the Stable Gallery. 1969 was the year when the American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon, and the year that Indiana first visited Vinalhaven, Maine, discovering what would become his future home, the Star of Hope Lodge, originally built for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.