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‘HOPE’ Arrives Around the World

September 22, 2014

Last week, the first International Hope Day was celebrated at various locations around the world. The global network of events held in New York City, Miami, Venice, Munich, Caracas and Vinalhaven (Maine) were a resounding success. Thousands of visitors to the HOPE sculptures that were installed at these locations, took “selfies” and other photos and loaded them across social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #HopeDay.

International Hope Day was inspired by the creativity and vision of iconic pop artist Robert Indiana and the date of the event, September 13, 2014, also coincided with his 86th birthday.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day
In 1964, Indiana created his work, LOVE. The instantly-recognizable image quickly spread outside of the art world to popular culture, even inspiring The Beatles to write their 1967 hit, “All You Need is Love.” To this day, the now-iconic image can be seen everywhere from postage stamps to mouse pads.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

Pop artist Robert Indiana inspired The Beatles 1967 hit, “All You Need is Love.”

A few years ago, Indiana was struck once again by the simplicity and power of another word, “hope.” So, he created a new work, similar to LOVE, that he called, HOPE. As with LOVE, The “O” leans forward, propelling us to look forward to the promise of a better, more peaceful world. HOPE is the symbol, as well as the inspiration, for International Hope Day.

Indiana said about HOPE, “I wanted to help name and empower the next generation and I felt that HOPE encompassed the needs of our time.”
Like, LOVE, HOPE also quickly became a global sensation. In 2009, one of Indiana’s HOPE sculptures was positioned at the entryway for the Democratic National Convention in Boulder, Colorado. That same year, another was placed in the middle of Times Square where it attracted a great deal of media attention.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

Robert Indiana’s sculpture, “HOPE” made an appearance in Times Square in New York City in 2009.

In 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York produced a retrospective, Robert Indiana: Beyond Hope. The show intentionally excluded Indiana’s LOVE in order to introduce broader audiences to the artist’s other work. The show’s accompanying literature stated that, “….LOVE, and its subsquent proliferation on unauthorized products, eclipsed the public’s understanding of the emotional poignancy and symbolic complexity of his art.”

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

In 2013, the Whitney Museum of American Art presented “Robert Indiana: Beyond Love,” a major retrospective of the artist’s work.

Also in 2013, Rosenbaum Contemporary gallery in Boca Raton, Florida staged, Robert Indiana: Voices of Hope, which showcased new work by the prolific, octogenarian painter, sculptor and printmaker.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

“Robert Indiana: Voices of Hope” held in 2013 at Rosenbaum Contemporary in Boca Raton, FL, showcased new work by the prolific artist.

International Hope Day is not only a tribute to this great American artist, but also a statement of encouragement to people around the world that face poverty, war and upheaval. Organizers have issued the 1 Million Selfie Challenge asking HOPE visitors to post 1 million photos/selfies on social media using #HopeDay by New Year’s Eve. The challenge was presented during the celebration of the installation of the 13-foot, 3-ton sculpture of HOPE that has been placed at the corner of 7th Ave and 53rd St in Manhattan where it will remain for one year. Thousands of people gravitated towards HOPE for photos during the two-day special event to commemorate both its installation and International Hope Day. A video of this event can be viewed by clicking here.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

Visitors celebrate the first International Hope Day at the sculpture installed on 7th Ave + 53rd St. in New York City.

In Miami, a smaller HOPE was installed on the lawn at the St. Regis/Bal Harbour hotel and throughout International Hope Day visitors appeared to take their #HopeDay selfies and to leave messages about what HOPE means to them.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

Celebrating International Hope Day in Miami.

A beautiful sculpture of HOPE was also installed in Munich, Germany.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

2014 International Hope Day in Munich, Germany.

This sculpture of HOPE was installed on International Hope Day in Venice, Italy.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

2014 International Hope Day in Venice, Italy.

Here you can see the sculpture of HOPE that was installed on Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine, where Robert Indiana lives and has his studio.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

This statue of ‘HOPE’ was installed on Main Street in Vinalhaven, Maine which is the town where Robert Indiana has his home and studio.

People in Caracas, Venezuela, celebrated International Hope Day with this image.

Robert Indiana International Hope Day

2014 International Hope Day in Caracas, Venezuela.

Organizers of International Hope Day are planning for more global locations for HOPE installations for 2015 and are reaching out to charities that deliver hope to their constituents in order to capitalize on the excitement and attention the #HopeDay hashtag delivers. You can keep up-to-date on the 1 Million Selfie Challenge and plans for the 2015 International Hope Day by checking back on this site frequently.

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HOPE is the brother or close relative to LOVE and these are things that not only make life worth living but breathe life into our living.
- Robert Indiana
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
- His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
Nature has no fixed limits on our hope.
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