Love Park

an original drawing by alleanna harris of robert indiana's love sculputure in love park

Today’s #inktober is about Love Park!

Love Park is across from City Hall and was designed by former Philadelphia City Planner Edmund Bacon (Kevin Bacon’s dad) and architect Vincent G. King. It was designed as a terminus for the Parkway, and was built in 1965. It was dedicated in 1967 as John F. Kennedy Plaza, but it’s nicknamed Love Park because Robert Indiana’s “Love” sculpture overlooks the plaza.

The Love sculpture was originally placed in the plaza in 1976 as part of US’ bicentennial celebration. It was removed in 1978, but the chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission (Fitz Eugene Dixon, Jr.) bought it and put it permanently in the plaza in the same year.

Love Park is currently being renovated, so the Love sculpture is in Dilworth Park/on the west side of City Hall.

Author: Alleanna Harris

I'm a kidlit illustrator from NJ. I draw and write a lot. You can find me at @alleannaharris on social media.

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