NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A lot of people are asking: Where’s the love?

The famous LOVE sculpture in Midtown is gone.

It normally stands on 55th Street and Sixth Avenue.

The iconic LOVE statue is missing from Midtown. (credit: Instagram/@karemevera & Cindy Hsu/CBS2)

Instead, there’s a bunch of wooden barriers, and a lot of questions.

Anthony Lewin works nearby and says people line up to get a picture with LOVE.

“Man, I tell you there’s a line here, on the weekends it’s worse. You can’t pass, keep having to say ‘Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me,'” he told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu.

“I have no idea what happened to the love. Love is gone, I guess,” said construction worker Pablo Sobrevilla.

“Are you missing the love?” Hsu asked.

“Absolutely, without a doubt yes. We need to have love, especially in New York City,” he said.

According to the company that owns the property, it was removed over the weekend for cleaning and some touch-ups, disappointing a lot of visitors like Don and Marcia Davidson from Texas.

“First of all, are we in the right place? And then, where is it?” said Marcia.

“Did they move it to Philadelphia? Someone told me there’s one in Philadelphia,” said Don.

Philadelphia – and other cities – have their own LOVE sculptures. They were designed by artist Robert Indiana in the 1950s.

While LOVE is gone for a while, you can walk three blocks to 53rd and Seventh, where you’ll find HOPE.

No word on how long the sculpture will be gone or when it will be back.


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