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Wisconsin sculpture credited to 'LOVE' artist is big 'BRAT'

One of the last pieces attributed to the late Robert Indiana is in place outside Johnsonville sausage company's headquarters in Wisconsin

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    The letter R is lowered into place as Johnsonville Sausage installs one of Robert Indiana's last pieces of art ' a sculpture spelling out the word BRAT at its headquarters in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. It is the late Indiana's last monumental sculpture. A tribute to bratwurst, it was commissioned by the owners of Johnsonville Sausage. (Mike De Sisti /Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

    Mike De Sisti

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    The letter T is lowered into place as Johnsonville Sausage installs one of Robert Indiana's last pieces of art ' a sculpture spelling out the word BRAT at its headquarters in Sheboygan Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. It is the late Indiana's last monumental sculpture. A tribute to bratwurst, it was commissioned by the owners of Johnsonville Sausage. (Mike De Sisti /Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

    Mike De Sisti

JOHNSONVILLE, Wis. (AP) — One of the last pieces attributed to the late Robert Indiana has taken its place outside Johnsonville sausage company’s headquarters in Wisconsin.

The 20-foot-tall (6.1-meter) stacked red letters spell “BRAT,” short for “bratwurst.” The sculpture is a take on Indiana’s enduring pop art “LOVE” series, with its “LO” stacked on top of the “VE.” Indiana died earlier this year at age 89.

The Journal Sentinel reports that despite questions raised about artwork attributed to Indiana near the end of his life, Johnsonville’s owners are confident in the sculpture’s authenticity. A federal lawsuit alleges that a caregiver and art publisher took advantage of Indiana, created forgeries under his name and sold them to unsuspecting collectors.

The Johnsonville sculpture bears a copyright mark and the artist’s name.


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