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Do you feel the LOVE? In case you haven't noticed for the past several days, we at Sky Blue Window love us some Robert Indiana. In fact, we're all about the LOVE in general this week, and hopefully that comes through in our content. With the Essential Robert Indiana Exhibit set to open Sunday, Feb. 16th at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, we thought it only fitting to honor our Hoosier-born artist. So each day we offer some interesting nuggets of news about this brilliant man.

Our Friday feature, "Robert Indiana on 'Indiana,'" told of his challenging childhood, moving to 21 different homes by the time he was 17 years old. And that elicited a question from one of our readers. "What's the address of his former house in Irvington?"

Our writer, Zoe Erler, asked Indiana, but he couldn't remember. It's been an awfully long time, and there were 21 homes after all. So after trying in vain to track it down via Irvington sources, we shrugged our shoulders and decided we'd have to leave it to the reader to learn that on his own.

Then, almost by divine happenstance, we discovered a wonderful website containing not only the address of Indiana's former Irvington home, but also a photo of it today. We had to know who compiled this awesome compendium of all things Robert Indiana. As it turns out, Indy resident Richard McCoy and a couple of his buddies built it.

"I created the website with two friends, photographer Hadley (Tad) Fruits and web designer Matt Gipson," McCoy said. "We all love our state and want to try to tell the story of Robert Indiana here in Indianapolis. We have lots of work to do, and necessary updates to the site, but it's coming along."

Robert Clark, who later changed his surname to Indiana, pictured in the 1946 Arsenal Tech Cannon yearbook. - HADLEY FRUITS
  • Hadley Fruits
  • Robert Clark, who later changed his surname to Indiana, pictured in the 1946 Arsenal Tech Cannon yearbook.

McCoy feels a special fondness for the artist. He and Indiana became friends when McCoy worked with some of his pieces as a curator for 10 years at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He says Indiana is an interesting man and deserves his own Hoosier museum.

"Robert is a wordsmith. It doesn't take long in talking to him to know that he loves words and loves to play with words," says McCoy.

In fact, Indiana is quick to bend an ear about either his own work or the history of his home state. To find out more about the artist and his 17 years here, check out Indiana's Indiana.

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