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September 18, 2015

Amor sculpture to be temporarily installed at Museum of Art

Robert Indiana's bilingual AMOR sculpture will overlook the Benjamin Franklin Parkway during the papal visit Sept. 26-27

Sculpture Papal Visit
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AMOR sculpture by Robert Indiana.

Latinos comprise more than 12 percent of Philadelphia's population, and with the Argentine Pope Francis coming to town in a week, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Association of Public Art are teaming up to mark the historic occasion with a display of bilingual love.

On Tuesday, September 22, the organizations will install Robert Indiana's AMOR sculpture atop the steps of the museum's east terrace, Uwishunu reports.

The sculpture, a variation on the Indiana's iconic LOVE landmark in John F. Kennedy Plaza, translates to love in both Spanish and the traditional Latin of the Catholic Church.

An official unveiling, open to the public for free, will take place Tuesday at 10:30 am, days before the start of the World Meeting of the Families Congress. The sculpture will overlook the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Festival of Families and Papal Mass on Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27.