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Riverside’s “Lock in Your Love” padlock monument

A monument on Main Street now stamps the letters “L-O-V-E” seventeen feet in the air in Downtown Riverside, a destination for padlocks left to symbolize the commitments of love.

Dr. Victoria Brodie, Chair of Leadership Riverside's Class of 2022, stands with classmembers at the unlocking ceremony. (Photo courtesy City of Riverside)

Lock in Your Love is a Leadership Riverside Class of 2022 project inspired by “love lock” destinations popular in South Korea that symbolize an unbreakable bond between couples, love for friends and family, and hope for those who need it.

Details

  • Where is the monument located? On the Main Street Mall between University Ave and 9th St. Use this address for your maps app: 3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Who can install padlocks? Anyone! You can get creative with a padlock of your choosing and place it anywhere on the monument grid.
  • Where can I buy padlocks? Official locks in red, yellow, or blue are available for purchase at various shops downtown, including:
    • The Mission Inn Museum Store – 3696 Main St.
    • Riverside Rustic – 3541 Main St.
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Riversiders celebrated the installation of the new Lock in Your Love monument on Main St. The monument is an interactive sculpture built to hold thousands of padlocks and creates an Instagram-worthy photo destination and a special Riverside connection for Koreans visiting the Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho Memorial just across University Avenue.

Inspired by love lock destinations popular in South Korea to symbolize an unbreakable bond between couples, love for friends and family, and hope for those who need it, the project was coordinated and paid for by volunteer efforts from the Leadership Riverside Class of 2022.

Nicholas Adcock, President of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, greets Riversiders in attendance at the unlocking ceremony on the Main Street Mall, June 9, 2023. (Photo courtesy City of Riverside)

“We wanted to find a way to bring people together and help breathe new life into Downtown Riverside and the businesses there,” said Kyla Brown, Director of Parks for Riverside County and leader of the volunteer team, “The love lock sculpture is the perfect way to draw people together in their shared love for Riverside. Our hope is that residents and visitors will feel inspired, hopeful, and more connected to this beautiful city.”

Elisa Laurel and Sophia Choi, memebrs of Leadership Riverside's Class of 2022, place commemorative padlocks on Love in Your Love. (Photo courtesy City of Riverside)

Lock in Your Love was designed and fabricated by the local artisans of Alderette Designs, creators of the popular Citrus Swing project on Market Street. “I’m proud that there is 17 feet of love standing high in Riverside, and even prouder that our team put it there.”

The monument is made of COR-TEN steel, also known as weathering steel, a metal alloy developed to eliminate the need for painting. Over time, the monument will form a rust-like patina. “COR-TEN is made to stand strong and looks better over the tests of time, just like love!” said Alderette with a cheesy grin.


Two girls peer through the grate that will soon be filled with padlocks left as mementos of love. (Photo courtesy City of Riverside)

Project Sponsors

Monument Sponsors

  • Leadership Riverside Class of 2022
  • Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco
  • Altura Credit Union
  • Dr. Ron & Cyndi Pardee

Pedestal Sponsors

  • Pacific Lock Company
  • Alderette Designs

Lock Sponsors

  • Dr. Victoria Brodie, Chair of the Best Class Ever (2022)
  • Dr. FeRita P. Carter, Leadership Riverside Class of 2022
  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin
  • Imperial Hardware Lofts
  • Christopher Lynch, Leadership Riverside Class of 2022
  • Riverside Police Department
  • City of Riverside
  • Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce & Foundation
  • Jaylood & Judy Teunissen

Link Sponsors

  • Southern California Edison Co.
  • Amy Hoyt, Leadership Riverside Class of 2022
  • Neighborhood Healthcare

Project Supporters

  • Class of 2022 Members: Anamaria Bearden, Kyla Brown, Sophia Choi, Mark Cloud, Bryan Crawford, Robin Duncan, Tracy Fisher, Michael Hadley, LaWayne Hearn, Elisa Laurel, Javier Krumm, & Justin Pardee
  • Stan & Jessica Morrison
  • Jeff & Dawn Van Wagenen
  • Matthew & Charity Schiller
  • Pick Group of Young Professionals
  • Cathy & Jay Jablonsky

Pacific Lock Company is a lock manufacturer based in California that designed and donated custom heart-shaped padlocks for the monument’s launch.

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