Love Locks


Love Locks

The Love Locks Project initiated by the City of Melbourne commissions artists to repurpose padlocks removed from Southbank footbridge. Craft Victoria has been entrusted to facilitate the Love Locks Project, culminating in an exhibition, series of mementos and charity auction.

Members of the public are invited to view a selection of the locks before they are transformed into artworks. This day celebrates the initial intention of the locks as acts of devotion and allows the sharing of stories surrounding the locks that continue to give them history and meaning.

Craft Victoria and City of Melbourne are pleased to announce the successful artists who have been commissioned to transform the love locks into artworks:

Artists and artworks

1. Dr Anton Hasell (sculptor and bell designer) Mia Mia, Victoria: casting a harmonic bell from the metal of the love locks.

2. Dr Louiseann King (artist), Daylesford, Victoria: creating sequins from the locks to embroider upon silk ribbons citing names, dates and insignias from the original Love Locks.

3. Katheryn Leopoldseder (jeweller and artist) Kew, Melbourne: assembling a large-scale necklace of the locks inspired by the convict coin tradition, where inscribed pennies were worn by the loved ones around the neck, close to the heart.

4. Kirsty Macafee (artist and photographer), Canterbury, Victoria: making a series of slipcast porcelain locks created from the originals.

5. Elise Sheehan (jeweller and artist), Melbourne: making concrete sculptural pieces out of dust particles filed down from the locks.

Limited edition Memento:
Kristian King and Dr Louiseann King (furniture designer/artist), Daylesford, Victoria: The love locks themselves will be used to create a series of 100 heart-shaped objects that can be worn on the body as a brooch/pendant.

The Project
The Love Locks Project, initiated by City of Melbourne, commissions five artists to repurpose the 20,000 padlocks or ‘Love Locks’ removed from Southbank footbridge. These locks were attached by members of the general public as acts of devotion to a loved one and as such have enormous sentimental value. Their removal was necessary due to safety concerns and damage to the bridge which was never intended to carry so much added weight – both emotional and physical.

Craft Victoria has been entrusted to deliver a multi-tiered project that incorporates an exhibition, a publication and series of mementos to document the Love Locks. Finished works will be auctioned off for charity.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Project Officer Ramona Barry: