Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE painting was designed in 1964 as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. In 1973 it became the innaugural love stamp for the US Post Office, an annual tradition that continues to this day. San Francisco designer Michael Osborne’s 2002 love stamp (below) was an homage to Indiana’s 1973 original.
The original Christmas card image became the basis for monumental sculptures, also by Indiana, Indianapolis, in New York, Philadelphia and Israel. It also became fodder for numerous parodies including those by Oasis, Rage Against the Machine and (more vaguely) the novel Love Story. Indiana even reprised himself with his 2008 HOPE poster and sculpture.
If you Google anything today, you may notice yet another homage.
Happy Valentine’s day!