The Vancouver park board has decided the city needs an official site for love locks, but it isn't sure where to put it.
WTF is a love lock? I'll let Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones answer that question:
Love locks are visually repulsive. They are barnacles that accumulate in a mass of decaying metal. It is sad that the idea of love should be reduced to a copycat custom that turns tourists into dull clones. As a token of love, a padlock is about as personal as a rude Valentine’s card bought from a shop. But what makes the fad inexcusable is its magnetic attraction to some of the most beautiful cityscapes on Earth.
For the romantics among you, the City of Vancouver offers this alternative definition:
Love locks are padlocks that romantic partners have traditionally locked to a bridge, gate, or similar public fixture to show their love. Names or initials are typically inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize an unbreakable bond.
In any case, the park board is asking for your help in identifying the future site of a love lock installation to be created by a local artist.
There are 13 nominated locations:
- Crab Park
- Creekside Park
- Elm Park
- English Bay Beach Park
- John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park
- Jonathon Rogers Park
- Kitsilano Beach Park
- Memorial West Park
- New Brighton Park
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Riverfront Park
- Robson Park
- Vanier Park
However, you can also suggest a park not in the list (which doesn't include the Burrard Bridge, where love locks have been removed by city workers).
The survey is open until September 16. Vote now or forever hold your peace.