Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but its romantic spirit lives on through one of Vancouver’s newest public artworks.
A sculpture named “Love in the Rain” was unveiled at Queen Elizabeth Park late last year, which features four entwined couples, crafted out of steel, locked in an everlasting embrace. Designed by local artist Bruce Voyce, the piece celebrates the shelter that love brings as well as its lack of boundaries. Therefore, the human forms are both ageless and genderless.
“I feel that art has transformative power — it can open our minds and hearts. 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,” said Voyce.
The $50,000 installation also has a dual purpose of giving partners a central place to declare their love for one another through hanging a padlock — often engraved with names or initials — and throwing away the key, also known as love locks. If you’ve ever walked along the Burrard Bridge, you may have noticed such locks attached to the adjacent fencing, something the city is trying to discourage.
Love in the Rain can be found at the very top of the park near Bloedel Conservatory, above the Quarry Garden. The piece is capable of supporting several thousand locks, and keys can be deposited in a box onsite, where they will eventually be recycled and/or turned into a future sculpture.
The first couple to “lock” in their love were two sweethearts from Surrey, who approached the park board asking to christen the project. They also got engaged at the location in the fall.