Lichtenstein on the Lawn

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Roy Lichtenstein, Five Brushstrokes, designed 1983–1984, fabricated 2012. Robert L. and Marjorie J. Mann Fund, Partial Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. Photograph courtesy the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Roy Lichtenstein passed away in 1997, but thanks to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of his never-before-assembled sculptural works finally got its debut last month—and the IMA got a new permanent exhibit.

The monumental work was commissioned in the early ’80s for Lichtenstein to design—but was never assembled, because it turns out pieces up to 40 feet high and 30 feet wide can, uh, get a little costly to construct. In 2012, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation decided it was high time to get the thing built, and the IMA worked with them to acquire it.

Next time you’re in the circle city, swing by to welcome the massive work of form and color to the world. And be glad all you have to do is chill on the lawn—it took about a dozen workers more than 48 hours just to install the piece.

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