Love locks tree the newest unity ceremony tradition . . . The story behind Eileen A art Tree of life sculpture.
I was commissioned to make a bi dimensional sculpture ; A functional version of the tree of life; A love lock tree for a wedding ceremony; This wedding tradition is relatively "new' so I did my research on the web to understand better what my client was asking me to make for them and there it was the story of the lovers of Vrnjačka Banja.
As history tells; It all started on a bridge at Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia. Where two lovers used to meet; the man went to war and fell in love with another woman and his lover died from a broken heart. Although it this story had is tragic ending with the death of one of the lovers, it started a beautiful tradition among the women of Vrnjačka Banja. The young women from the area started writing down their names and the names of their loved ones, on padlocks and affixing them to the railings of the bridge where couple used to meet; In order to protect their love
After reading how the story of the love lock tradition started. I carefully planned on how the tree of life structure was going to hold those heavy iron padlocks that the client described. In a commissioned artwork , the artists has to fulfill all the client requests.
"Weddings are where traditionally "love starts"; giving life to traditions like the Love Locks Tree of life."
The body is assembled with wire to make the foundation of the tree of life strong enough to hold a iron padlock or love lock as traditionally called. The love locks tree of life body is covered in clay and hand carved carved to resemble a real tree texture.
The tree is part of their wedding ceremony and will be at their home for a lifetime.
The center that holds the main padlock that symbolizes the couple's eternal union is attached to a irregular branch at the center of the love locks tree .