First Annual Love Locks at The Art Museum of Los Gatos
The Museums of Los Gatos will be hosting a reception for the unveiling of the new love lock wall on Feb 13th, 6-9pm.
The Museums of Los Gatos is the new venue for the Los Gatos ‘Love Locks’ formerly hung on the Main Street Bridge in Los Gatos overlooking Highway 17. Los Gatos community members have been hanging these gestures of love on the bridge over the past few years inspired by numerous fence displays on bridges around the world, very famously on the Pont des Arts in Paris. During the February 13 reception, the museum will unveil an elegant and creative new structure that incorporates chain link so that the existing links can be re-locked and new ones incorporated. Love Locks will be an annual event and the community is invited to place locks year-round!
Also at the reception, share your favorite love story as a part of the museums’ StoryShare project! StoryShare is a growing archive of the stories that characterize and illustrate the history of our town and the people in it. Don’t miss out on your chance to win some great gifts from local Los Gatos businesses! Beginning now we’ll be posting various contests on our Facebook page including “give us your best shot at a pick-up line.” Winners will be announced during the reception.
Purchase your custom engraved love padlocks from LOCK-ITZ® . Our unique gift idea can be for you or someone special. On sale now, in 3 sizes and with 9 colors to choose from. We also are offering a special on our unique “Specialty Heart Lock” -15% off until Valentine’s Day!! Mention “The Museums of Los Gatos” to receive your locks in time at lock-itz.com! The Museums will also receive a 15% donation per order.
All orders must be received by Monday, February 11 by midnight in order for your locks to arrive by February 13th. You must choose the overnight shipping option.
The Museums of Los Gatos Invites Public to Love Locks Structure Unveiling
The nonprofit organization will unveil a new structure that will feature these tokens of affection with a reception 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at its art museum, 4 Tait Ave.
Los Gatos community members have been hanging these gestures of love on the bridge over the past few years inspired by numerous fence displays on bridges around the world, very famously on the Pont des Arts in Paris.
Love Locks will be an annual event and the community is invited to place locks year-round in the new structure.
Also at the reception, the public is invited to share their favorite love stories as a part of the museums StoryShare project.
StoryShare is a growing archive of the stories that characterize and illustrate the history of Los Gatos and the people in it.
Participants will also win gift certificates from local sponsors.
The Museums of Los Gatos will be posting various contests on its Facebook page, including “give us your best shot at a pick-up line.” Winners will be announced during the reception.
Lock in your Love! New engraved locks may be ordered through LOCK-ITZ® online lock-itz.com.
This meaningful gift idea can be for you or someone special. They are also are offering a special on the “Specialty Heart Lock” -15 percent off until Valentine’s Day.
Mention “The Museums of Los Gatos” and the museum will also receive a 15 percent donation per order. Any order received after 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 will need to be processed with overnight shipping, otherwise it will not arrive by Feb. 13.
The museum will also make the StoryShare opportunity available 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.
Museum may have key to solving the town’s love locks controversy
By Judy Peterson
The so-called love locks on the Main Street Bridge may be going away in a day or two, but the folks over at the Museums of Los Gatos are now building an exhibit where Los Gatos lovers can hitch their locks instead of on the bridge.
The first love lock appeared in early August, placed there by Carolyn and Tim Duclos to celebrate their 30th anniversary. More and more locks began appearing on the bridge, until the town put up a sign saying they’d be removed because they pose a danger–a lock might fall on a car passing underneath the bridge.
The Ducloses attended the Jan. 22 town council meeting and were delighted to hear Mayor Barbara Spector’s request that the issue be placed on a February council meeting agenda.
Carolyn Duclos said the love locks are popular “because there are a lot of horrible things going on and people like to commemorate happy events.”
The removal of the love locks has become a town-wide controversy, with many residents weighing in on the issue. “They celebrate love, which is what we need,” resident Gloria Van Zanten said. “I was quite disappointed when I heard they were going to be removed.”
Van Zanten suggested new spots where the locks might be set up, including Oak Meadow Park or somewhere along the Los Gatos Creek Trail.
But it was the museums’ exhibition manager, Emily Welch, who offered details on what she described as an “elegant” exhibit–and a solution to the controversy.
“Our display is meant to be participatory,” Welch said. “We have some sketches and drawings and we’re working with some artists on an ‘allusion’ to a bridge. It’s not elevated, but some of the architectural elements are there.”
Welch said the Main Street Bridge provided the inspiration for the initial exhibit design. For example, it will have chain link fencing, just as the bridge does. It will be modular, so when the art and history museums move into the old library the exhibit can be moved, too.
The exhibit will initially be installed at the Art Museum, 4 Tait Ave., just in time for Valentine’s Day. Welch said since the exhibit will be unveiled on Feb. 14 people can put up their old locks and new ones can be added.
The old locks are scheduled to be removed from the Main Street Bridge on Feb. 1. They will be stored for pick-up at the town’s corporation yard at 41 Miles Ave. through Feb. 15.