LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo

Print Thanks to the generous support of The Kresge Foundation and the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, I am exhibiting my first solo show TOMORROW, March 7th from 5-8pm at Mac’s Lock Shop on Waterloo Road in my neighborhood of North Shore Collinwood.

My grant-funded FREE event is one of many that supports dozens of local businesses and community art projects in the Waterloo Arts & Entertainment District.

Why would you go to a locksmith on a Friday evening? Assuming you’re not locked out of your house, the answer may not be obvious.

image from website Myself and one of Mac’s employees, Perry Prine, have been brainstorming this event since I needed to make use of Mac’s wonderful locksmith service back in December 2013. Perry and I got to talking over a can of WD-40 and the partnership was born.

Our event will be unique because one art installation will be built tomorrow night by ANY and ALL guests of the event. That’s right, you too can be a “Waterloo Artist”. No advanced registration required – just show up!


Post 9-11, TSA security standards evolved so that they no longer permit the use of certain luggage locks. Mac’s has a ton of these very locks, and what better way to make use of an otherwise useless lock than through art?!

All guests will be invited to stamp their name or other short message onto the body of one of these locks and attach it to a chain link fence-like sculpture. The sculpture is looking for a permanent home on Waterloo Rd where it can continue to grow as more community members participate over time.

This idea mimics an art project started in Paris where lovers come to place locks on the Arts Bridge, symbolizing a permanent connection. It has been replicated around the world, but never in Cleveland.

IMG_4008All participants will receive a sticker proudly proclaiming that they “made art” and will be entered into a raffle for a complimentary Service Call from Mac’s ($60 value). More than $15 raffles will be given away throughout the three hour event!

In addition, Mac’s will provide expert demonstrations including learning about the inner workings of a cam lock, how to crack a safe’s dead bolt, and how a key is cut.  

kardashian explains love lock in parisLast but not least, admire my own creative stamp on the street – a permanent mobile titled “Key to the Street” and made of upcycled scrap locks, knobs, and keys. It will be installed in Mac’s front window and visible from the street day and night; because while Mac’s closes at 5pm daily, Waterloo stays open late into the night.

Don’t miss the opportunity to support your neighbors, grab a bite to eat, and MAKE ART.

Be sure to bring your mobile devices and tag your creation on Instagram or Twitter using the tag #lockslovewaterloo and post to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lockslovewaterloo

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