The fact that those beams come very, very close to the width of a tombstone and that I should have been early preoccupied with ‘Eat’ and ‘Die’ in that context isn’t so unusual. And neither is it irrelevant that as a child I was fascinated with graveyards . . . tombstones to me were absolutely fascinating. My early steles and herms were the exact proportions of tombstones.
— Robert Indiana
Donald B. Goodall, “Conversations with Robert Indiana,” in Robert L. B. Tobin, William Katz, and Donald B. Goodall, Robert Indiana (Austin: University of Texas, 1977), p. 33.