Love Locks

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Love Locks

As the final realisation of the multi-tiered Love Locks Project initiated by City of Melbourne, the Love Locks Exhibition presents six artists that have created a lasting legacy by transforming the thousands of padlocks or ‘Love Locks’ removed from the landmark footbridge into new material forms. 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.

Artists Dr Anton Hasell, Louiseann King, Kristian King, Elise Sheehan, Kirsty Macafee, Katheryn Leopoldseder and film maker Arie Rain Glorie have explored themes of memory, devotion, love and loss to commemorate this moment in the history of our city and the people who claimed this public space for private ritual. To preserve each devotional artefact for posterity, the 20,000 locks have found new life in the diverse forms of a harmonic bell made from 120 kgs of Love-locks, a large necklace inspired by the convict coin traditions, slip-cast porcelain locks, brooches and sculptures.

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:  smelted many locks to cast a text sculptural piece which reads ‘Always Forever’, paying homage to the two most predominant words engraved upon 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.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Project Officer Ramona Barry: rbarry@craft.org.au

An open lottery will be held to give everyone a chance of taking home one of the artworks, with tickets available for purchase at the exhibition and via Craft Victoria’s website in the upcoming weeks!

The exhibition will be on view from 8-21 August 2016 at Melbourne Town Hall, Corner of Little Collins and Swanston Street, 90–130 Swanston St Melbourne, Australia.