Locked in Love

I’ve finally reached the interesting part of my latest artwork Modern Love and as far as I’m concerned this will form the focus of the piece. There’s a huge movement across the world to use locks as a symbol of love. The idea is that modern souls wishing to express their eternal love will go to a bridge and leave a padlock as a public symbol of their affection. Once the lock is securely in place they throw the key into the river. Their love is locked and secure and they no doubt wander off into the sunset together and live happily ever after.

Apparently this modern-day tradition has been going on for nearly 100 years in Serbia but has become more common globally during the last decade. I only discovered this even existed last year when I was on the Brooklyn Bridge and then some locals kindly told me it was a European thing. It hasn’t yet caught on here in the UK, as far as I know, although I have seen one or two padlocks appearing on bridges here and there.

There’s still more yet to reveal and once you see the finished piece you’ll understand why I’m working with this particular sentimentality. I’m wondering at the moment whether the layers are too subtle but I know once I sit back and look at the finished article it will have exactly the impact that I want. Hopefully when I take Modern Love to New York in September it will have exactly the right impact with modern-day lovers in the US.

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‘Modern Love’ work in progress [detail]

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