VINALHAVEN — Maine-based artist Robert Indiana was expected make an appearance outside his island residence to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday but he did not come out his home on Saturday, disappointing dozens of fans.

The event was called International HOPE Day and took place in cities across the world on Saturday. Indiana was expected to make a public appearance outside his residence and studio on Vinalhaven Island. Kathleen Rogers, the organizer of the event, said any chance of seeing the artist was “hopeless.”

The artist is best known for his “LOVE” image, in which the L and a leaning O sit atop the V and the E. His `HOPE’ image is similar in theme.

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