Commissioned by City of Melbourne; Devotion threads references to a history of metal objects exchanged as symbols of love. 

 

The necklace makes an association between the modern Love Lock ritual and the uniquely Australian Convict Love Tokens.

These were pennies that convicts would engrave with messages of devotion, prayers and farewells. Often the coins were threaded onto ribbon to be worn around a loved ones neck.

 

Devotion is an extremely large necklace, constructed from hundreds of the engraved padlocks. Scattered throughout the necklace are coins; cast from the original padlocks. These are engraved with significant quotes about love, collecting from the public via social media. Paying homage to the public ritual of clipping a love lock to a municipal structure.

Conversely to the locks, which are personal gestures subversively attached to public structures. The Convict Coins were currency, deliberately taken from circulation, defaced, engraved and exchanged with loved ones to be worn privately and intimately.  

 

Reading the script on each lock gives us an intimate window into sentiments between couples across Melbourne. While exploring the

text on the coins, reveals a broader cultural overview of the myriad of ways humans express and experience love.

Materials: Reclaimed Engraved Love Locks, Cast Brass from Love Locks, Nylon Rope. Convict Coins cast from Melbourne's Love Locks, engraved with quotes from Albert Einstein and The Holy Bible