Love locks tree of life a new wedding tradition…read the story behind this tree of life creation by Eileen A Art
By a client request I had to make a bi dimensional sculpture functional version of the tree of life; A love lock tree for a wedding ceremony; This wedding tradition is relatively “new’ so research for its roots where needed to start this art piece.
As history tells; It all started on a bridge at Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia. Where two lovers used to meet; Although it this story had a is tragic ending, 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 the story of the love lock tradition, I got started on planning how the tree of life structure was going to hold those heavy iron padlocks that the client described. This is a commissioned artwork and it has to fulfill all the client requests; That will be part of their wedding ceremony and will be at their home for a lifetime.
For this gorgeous Tree of Life sculpture the branches are 9 inches wide, the trunk is 1 1/2 inches wide and the roots are 9 inches wide. The Love locks Tree of Life can be made in any size. The body is assembled with wire to make the foundation of the tree of life strong enough to hold iron padlocks or love locks as traditionally called. The lovelocks tree of life body is covered in clay that will be carved to look like tree texture.
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 .
Above the center the initials of the bride and groom are carved, they can be single fonts or inside a heart and arrow like couples traditionally carve their initials on trees
“Weddings are where traditionally “love starts”; giving life to traditions like the Love Locks Tree of life.”
The branches of the love lock tree are covered by polymer clay and textured to resemble natural tree branches. Clients who have children that will take part in the wedding ceremony too, placing their love locks at the top branches.
If the couple don’t have children they can add them later when each child is born placing a dated lock on the top branches.
At the end of each branch there are clusters leaves in pearled white gold and silver clay.
The roots have to hold love locks too, these will symbolize those previous love union that gave life to the bride and the groom; Their parents.
“The love locks tree of life wedding ceremony is a tradition, that will create ideal memories that are going to last a lifetime and that will keep your guests talking long after that special day; Plus it will be a conversational art piece in your love nest to recreate that moment over and over.”
“Love can have a variety of related but distinct meanings. Although it is the main emotion it is normally experienced throughout every generation.”
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