It’s official: A “love locks” sculpture is coming to Vancouver.
The Park Board approved a motion this evening to install a four and a half meter wire-frame sculpture entitled “Love in the rain” in Queen Elizabeth Park.
The piece, designed by Vancouver Artist Bruce Voyce, was chosen from a short-list of three, and will be placed in the lookout above the Quarry garden.
Voyce’s submission describes the sculpture as an attempt to evoke love in the temperate rainforest.
“This art project celebrates the shelter that love brings and the union that it forms. Love has no boundaries and therefore the human forms in the sculpture have been left both ageless and genderless, locked together in an everlasting embrace.”
The sculpture is designed to support several thousand locks, with the keys collected and melted down for a future sculpture.
The board estimates the project could be ready and installed by this August.
Queen Elizabeth Park was chosen as a home for the sculpture last year, after the city polled the public on where they would like to see it installed.
The idea of “love locks” has been gaining popularity around the world – in which a couple attach a pad lock to a bridge or fence as a symbol of their affections.
The sculpture is seen as a way to focus the locks in one place, rather than have them build up around the city.