Philadelphia to keep 'AMOR,' the bilingual 'LOVE' sculpture

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Posted: Dec 02, 2016 4:55 PM
Philadelphia to keep 'AMOR,' the bilingual 'LOVE' sculpture

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia is permanently putting the "amor" in the City of Brotherly Love.

The city says the bilingual version of Maine-based pop artist Robert Indiana's "LOVE" sculpture — on loan for Pope Francis' visit last year — will remain in the city.

The sculpture will be formally dedicated Friday at Sister Cities Park, near the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

It had been temporarily installed outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, atop the steps featured in the movie "Rocky." The pope celebrated an outdoor Mass there during his visit.

Amor means love in the pope's native Spanish and in Latin, a traditional language of the Roman Catholic Church.

The original "LOVE" sculpture is sitting near City Hall while its namesake park gets a face-lift.