All press is good press. If you’ve been paying attention to the local news abuzz over the happenings in the Waterloo Arts District, you’d know that 2014 was a year of great press.
On March 7th, 2014 LOCKS of Love, from Waterloo launched with a free public event held in Mac’s Lock Shop on Waterloo Road, in May 2014 the project migrated to its new and final home: a chainlink fence down the street from Mac’s, in front of the Zaller Building and the Waterloo Sculpture Garden.
Help us celebrate ONE YEAR by bringing a custom lock of your own to the fence. Stop by on your way to The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern or make a special trip – the fence is just seconds of off I-90 headed from the east or west!
This event was made possible through the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Northeast Shores Development Corporation.
A large crowd flooded Mac’s from 5-9pm on an unusually warm late winter’s evening to hand stamp their initials, name, or other short message into the body of an outmoded, non-TSA approved luggage lock. These locks were then affixed to an expanded mesh and plaster sculpture, currently on display in Mac’s alongside an upcycled key mobile titled “Keys to the Street”.
You are encouraged to bring a painted or engraved lock of your own creation and attach it to the fence anytime. Any combination or padlock of reasonable size is permitted to be locked to the fence. Please refrain from inappropriate images or language as this is a public installation. Locks deemed unsuitable for display will be removed and scrapped.
Since the original event, LOCKS was featured on Cleveland.com and FOX8’s Morning Show.
It also caught the attention of a shop in Brooklyn, New York which fabricates custom engraved “love” padlocks which are typically purchased as wedding or anniversary presents. “Make Love Locks” kindly donated over $700 worth of locks. Each of the twenty locks contains one letter boldly spelling “LOCKS of Love Waterloo”. Along with a locally fabricated aluminum sign, these locks will identify Waterloo’s newest interactive public art piece.
The notion of attaching locks to a structure mimics a 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. What better place than the Waterloo Arts District?