Standing 12 feet high in the middle of the beautiful Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is one of the most memorable works of public art: Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture. If you haven’t already checked it out, put this one on your bucket list. This iconic piece of pop art is more than just a statue; it’s a powerful symbol that means so much to so many.
Memories for the Photo Album
The LOVE sculpture offers dozens of opportunities for creating photo memories. Visitors adore climbing inside the oversized crimson letters, but there are so many more ways to capture the moment. Take a selfie through one of the letters, gather a group of friends to fill all the gaps, or use it as a picturesque backdrop while you share a kiss with someone special.
As you take your photos, you can use use the color and form of the sculpture to create interesting visual effects. Play off its angles by getting low to the ground before snapping a picture, or stand to the side for a more artistic, creative aesthetic. You can even wait until dusk to take your photos and use a handheld light to cast interesting shadows across the letters.
A Cultural Experience
There are multiple variations of this visual masterpiece located around the world, including some in other languages. The color and structure have changed throughout its existence, but the overall message has remained the same. Because of the global connection, you cannot help feeling completely immersed in the pop art culture once you see the sculpture up close.
The most fascinating aspect of the piece is the universal understanding that it’s a feel-good work of art. No matter how you spend your time viewing it, LOVE will make you feel something. Its basic, straightforward design is symbolically complex, and that is a magical combination. While you’re enjoying the artsy ambiance, take a moment to let its significance really sink in.
The LOVE statue is whimsical, bold, somber and subtle all at once, and it’s an essential part of the public art universe. Located just 24 minutes from our hotel in one of the most stunning parks in Scottsdale, it’s a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Sonoran Desert. Can you think of a better way to spend your day than enjoying lush greenery, sparkling fountains, amazing mountain views and LOVE?
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