When American Pop artist Robert Indiana took the four-letter word LOVE and turned it into 'art' in the 1960s, the image was quickly adapted by the Hippie 'free love' movement. Years later, in an interview, he said...'I had no idea LOVE would catch on the way it did. Oddly enough, I wasn’t thinking at all about anticipating the Love generation and hippies. It was a spiritual concept. It isn’t a sculpture of love any longer. It’s become the very theme of love itself.'
This rare vintage 1970s waste basket is lithographed tin with the iconic word LOVE in upper-case letters, arranged in a square with a tilted letter O. The red/green/blue image is instantly recognizable...from the Christmas card created for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964 to the sculptures in New York and other world cities, to the 1973 LOVE postage stamp.
The basket measures 12 1/2 inches high. It's 8 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches across the top. Both sides carry the bright colorful graphics. The tin's edge is marked 'Produced and Distributed by Two's Company Inc., Mount Vernon, N.Y.' The basket has just a few minor nicks to the litho. The inside edge shows some discoloration where the metals meet. There's a slight bump at bottom edge that's only noticeable from the bottom. Overall, this LOVE basket still holds water and whatever else you toss in it. It's the iconic 1960s symbol of American counter-culture.
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