Romantic partners will have a new place to publicly declare their love for each other, thanks to the installation of a new piece of public art in Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park.
Situated atop the highest point in the city at the lookout point above Quarry Garden, the $50,000 sculpture was created by artist Bruce Voyce.
Entitled Love in the Rain, the steel sculpture depicts four entwined couples, each beneath an umbrella.
According to a press release issued by the Vancouver Park Board, the piece "celebrates the shelter that love brings and the union that it forms." The human forms in each couple have been made to appear ageless and genderless. The sculpture was first approved by the board at a meeting in May.
The piece was was erected as a way to address concerns raised about the number of love locks being attached to fencing in other areas of the city, like on the Burrard Street Bridge and near False Creek.
Couples are invited to lock padlocks to the new sculpture as a way to symbolize their love. Locks can be attached to the skirts of each couple, and keys can be deposited into a special box on site. All keys will eventually be recycled or melted down to become part of another piece of public art.
"I feel that art has transformative power; it can open our minds and hearts," said Voyce in a press statement. "Public art can shape our shared spaces into places of inspiration and connection. I feel very fortunate to be involved with a project that will be completed by the people and stories of love connected to the artwork."
The location of the sculpture was decided based on the results of a public poll issued earlier this year by the Park Board.
A young Surrey couple, Arvinder Gill and Sukdeep Uppal, was the first to attach a lock to the sculpture earlier this week on September 5. After attaching the lock, Gill propsed and Uppal accepted.