"7," a numerical sculpture, made of polychrome aluminum and resting on a painted aluminum base, bears a fabricator's stamp along its lower edge. These Number sculptures were initially crafted during a specific commission in Indianapolis between 1980 and 1983.
Robert Indiana began to apply numbers to his sculptural assemblages and paintings in the early 1960s, and by the mid-1960s numbers as a subject in their own right had become one of the signature motifs of his painting. These eight-foot polychrome aluminum sculptures were subsequently donated to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
He is most famously known for his iconic “Love” image. Indiana studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland before moving to New York and becoming involved with avant-garde artists including Ellsworth Kelly and Agnes Martin. His work has been exhibited in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Zürich and other cities around the globe.