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'LOVE' artist Robert Indiana fails to appear outside his home during celebration of his work

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VINALHAVEN, Maine — Reclusive artist Robert Indiana was expected to make an appearance outside his Maine island residence Saturday to take part in a celebration of his art around the world on his 86th birthday, but he didn't emerge from his home, disappointing dozens of fans.

The event was called International HOPE Day and took place in cities across the world. Indiana was expected to make a public appearance outside his home and studio on Vinalhaven Island, where dozens of fans had hoped to get his autograph on commemorative prints that they purchased from event organizers outside his home.

PHOTO: Fans gather outside "Star of Hope" the residence of artist Robert Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. The 86-year-old artist disappointed fans when he failed to make a planned public appearance to autograph prints of the HOPE image. An assistant said the reclusive artist would sign the artwork in private at a later date. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Fans gather outside "Star of Hope" the residence of artist Robert Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. The 86-year-old artist disappointed fans when he failed to make a planned public appearance to autograph prints of the HOPE image. An assistant said the reclusive artist would sign the artwork in private at a later date. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Kathleen Rogers, Indiana's publicist, said he is in poor health and isn't used to being around large groups of people.

"We'd envisioned a much smaller event" when Indiana initially agreed to appear, she said. "I think he was just overwhelmed with all the people."

The artist is best known for his "LOVE" sculpture, in which the L and a leaning O sit atop the V and the E. His "HOPE" piece was done in the same arrangement.

Indiana is known for being reclusive. He once stood up President Barack Obama at the White House. Another time he made a crew from NBC's "Today" show wait three days on the island before he would let them interview him.

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PHOTO: Fans gather outside "Star of Hope" the residence of artist Robert Indiana, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. The 86-year-old artist disappointed fans when he failed to make a planned public appearance to autograph prints of the HOPE image. An assistant said the reclusive artist would sign the artwork in private at a later date. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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