Although it [Leaves] is a silhouette study of a plant which is right here in my studio, a corn plant or a dracaena, the point of the thing, of course, is that I was leaving Coenties Slip . . .
— Robert Indiana
Arthur C. Carr, “The Reminiscences of Robert Indiana,” New York, November 1965, Arthur C. Carr papers; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library, p. 70.