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New life for love locks

10 Dec 2015

New life for love locks Image

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle recently announced that the famed Southbank love locks will be transformed into intricate works of art and auctioned to raise money for charity.

The City of Melbourne has partnered with Craft Victoria to repurpose the love locks that were removed from the Southbank footbridge in May this year.

The repurposed, delicate works of art and jewellery will culminate in an exhibition and auction at Melbourne Town Hall in August, 2016.

The Lord Mayor said the project was the next step in the love lock story that captivated the city and the world.

“Melbourne’s romantics can rest assured that their locks will contribute to a unique, inspired project that will benefit people in need,” he said.

“In partnering with Craft Victoria we intend to create a series of works that acknowledge and celebrate the meaning behind the love locks.”

The City of Melbourne removed 20,000 love locks from the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge in May this year due to safety concerns.

“We explored different options and spoke to other cities around the world, which had a similar situation and in most cases they just disposed of them,” the Lord Mayor said.

“But we are in Melbourne, so we wanted to do something different.”

Craft CEO and artistic director Jane Scott said the organisation was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a lasting legacy with the love locks project.

The City of Melbourne and Craft Victoria are now seeking expressions of interest from artists who are interested in the project.

For more information and to get involved visit www.craftvictoria.wufoo.com/forms/love-locks-project/

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