Terre Haute is really what I would consider, for me, a landscape. Terre Haute is about geography. Terre Haute is probably one of my less autobiographical paintings. I’ve never lived in Terre Haute and never really had any particular Terre Haute experiences. The fascination there was simply the eccentricity of the fact that a little Indiana town would bear such a fancy name . . .
— 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. 30.