Fence Art – Shorditch Overground Station

Ending up at Shorditch overground station on Sunday after an afternoon adventure in and around Hoxton, we noticed the beginnings of an interesting exterior art instillation on the fences outside the station. People have been leaving padlocks attached to the fence, some with messages, some with drawings on them and some just left as they are. Also parts of the fence have been woven with wool into hearts.
I love that this type of art is organic and will take on a life of its own, and can’t wait to pop back to see it growing.
Is this happening anywhere else?








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Creative Director at International Visual

Posted on July 19, 2012, in Places, Street Art and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi, I have a friend who recently put a padlock over Hammersmith Bridge just before they were getting married. It does not look as arty as what you have come across in Shorditch. This is what it means: you take a padlock and lock it to the gate of a bridge and then you throw the key into the river. You “lock in your love” and it’s meant to symbolize the strength and depth of your love. Leaving padlocks along fences and usually over a river is actually very common in Europe. Many Europeans leave a padlock when they are about to get married or want to declare love to their partners. This ritual has been going on for sometimes. Apparently in Italy by ‘Ponte Vecchio’ they had to remove 5,500 padlocks for fear of weakening the bridge! Another famous bridge where thousands of padlocks have been stuck there for many years is Charles bridge in Prague. As for the woven hearts I guess it’s some kind of extra decorations. It looks great!!


  2. Hey buddy, this is one of the best posts that I’ve ever seen; you may include some more ideas in the same theme. I’m still waiting for some interesting thoughts from your side in your next post.


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