A love locks sculpture dedicated to eternal love is now in the lookout above the Quarry Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The piece is designed by Vancouver artist Bruce Voyce and celebrates the shelter that love brings and the union that it forms. It will support several thousand locks on the skirts of each couple. Keys can be deposited in a box on site and will eventually be recycled or melted down to become part of another sculpture.
Love locks are padlocks that romantic partners have traditionally locked to a bridge, gate, or similar public fixture to show their love. Names or initials are typically inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize an unbreakable bond.
Many cities are now turning the 100+ year old love locks trend into public art.
The striking love locks sculpture of four entwined couples is installed.
The Park Board approved the love lock sculpture concept, titled Love in the Rain by local artist Bruce Voyce at the committee meeting on May 2. A copy of that report can be viewed here: Love locks sculpture final concept
Estimated timeline for installation is August 2016.
We completed a competitive request-for-proposal process over the winter and selected local artist Bruce Voyce as the successful candidate. We are working with Bruce to develop a unique sculpture for Vancouverites to lock their love to. The new sculpture will be installed in Queen Elizabeth Park in early summer 2016.
We asked you to vote online for your favourite park location for the new Love Locks sculpture from August 19 to September 16.
Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. We're now analyzing the feedback we received and will update you soon.
The art piece will be site specific and developed for the winning location.