Half a century earlier, Marsden Hartley had made his escape to the same island.
Indiana's best known image is the word Love in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter "O". Postal Service postage stamp in 1973, the first of their regular series of "love stamps".
In his EAT series, the word blares in paint or light bulbs against a neutral background; he regularly paired “EAT” with “DIE”.
After his parents divorced, he relocated to Indianapolis to live with his father so he could attend Arsenal Technical High School (1942–46).
After serving for three years in the United States Army Air Forces, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1949–53), the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (summer 1953) and Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art (1953–54).
Twenty-five of these, without the red announcement, were signed and dated on the reverse by Indiana.
Sculptural versions of the image have been installed at numerous American and international locations.