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February 13, 2018

PHOTOS: Philadelphia's iconic LOVE sculpture returns

With another celebratory parade along the Parkway

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The LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana is finally placed back on a pedestal at LOVE Park after many months of anticipation.

After much anticipation, the iconic LOVE sculpture by artist Robert Indiana finally returned to a pedestal in the park named for the artwork.

Hauled by a flatbed truck, the sculpture made several stops along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the city's second celebratory parade in less than a week, this one called, "LOVE on the Move." The sculpture made stop near major pieces of public art near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Eakins Oval, Logan Square, Aviator Park and eventually to its final resting place, LOVE Park, which is undergoing a rehabilitation project expected to be complete in the spring. 

Here's a series of photos showing the return of the iconic sculpture to its proper home.

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Philadelphia's iconic LOVE sculpture is briefly parked in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during its return to LOVE Park on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Washington Monument, a statue by Rudolf Siemering at Eakins Oval, is visible through the LOVE sculpture during the 'LOVE on the Move' parade, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Another stop for the LOVE sculpture along the parade route was in front of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors by J. Otto Schweizer on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

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Artist Robert Indiana created LOVE in 1976 and then AMOR in 1998. During the 'LOVE on the Move' parade, both sculptures briefly stood next to each other.

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On the home stretch to LOVE Park, the iconic sculpture heads onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Dozens of spectators and a slew of media wait while employees of the George Young Mammoet company prepare to lift the LOVE sculpture on to a pedestal at the park on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.