The World’s Most Romantic Public Art


There’s nothing more romantic than a stroll with the one you love — and since it’s been an unseasonably warm February in many places, you might be able to manage one this Valentine’s Day without freezing to death in your companion’s arms. As long as you’re outdoors, you’ll score points with your beloved (and spend exactly $0) if you plan your walk around a particularly romantic piece of public art. In case you’re strapped for inspiration, we’ve collected some of the best love-inspired specimens, past and present, from around the world, and our finds range from the dreamy to the outright bizarre. Claes Oldenburg’s Cupid’s Span in San Francisco, Jenny Holzer’s provocative projections, and, of course, Robert Indiana’s Love await you after the jump.

Robert Indiana, Love in Philadelphia

Joseph Mendes da Costa, Liefde (Love) in Hoge Veluwe National Park, Otterlo, the Netherlands

Dennis Oppenheim, Engagement (has toured cities including San Diego, Vancouver, New York, and more)

Paul Day, The Meeting Place in St. Pancras railway station, London. [Image via]

Seward Johnson, Unconditional Surrender in San Diego

Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, Stravinsky Fountain in Paris

Don Gummer, Reunion at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Emily Campbell, Love Ties in Hanley Park, Stoke-on-Trent, England

Claes Oldenburg, Cupid’s Span in San Francisco

This tree in Moscow is one of many Love Locks sites around Europe.

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Another picturesque Love Lock location — the Lovers Chair in Cinque Terre, Italy

George Segal, Gay Liberation in Christopher Park, NYC

Banksy, Policemen Kissing in Brighton, England

Jenny Holzer, Xenon for Berlin

A particularly tender mural from Steve Powers’ Love Letter project in Philadelphia

Greg James, Pas de deux, at Belmont City College in Belmont, Australia

One of the many heart sculptures that dot San Francisco

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Dmitry Vrubel, The Kiss in Berlin

Milton Hebald, Romeo and Juliet, in Central Park, NYC

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Gage/Clemenceau Architects, Valentine to Times Square