On February 14, we unveiled a project very near and dear to our hearts, the “Heart of Downtown.” Commemorating Burlington’s 126th birthday as well as all the love in this wonderful city, our armature is now officially part of the downtown landscape.
We were privileged to have Mayor Ian Baltutis speak to the significance of this sculpture.
“What’s extra special about this event,” said Baltutis, “is not only are we celebrating a wonderful day, Valentine’s Day, but love of city; love of 126 years and all the people—their history, their heritage, everything they brought to this community—makes it that much more wonderful.”
A moment of silence was taken for all our loved ones who are no longer with us.
At that point, everyone was invited to add their love locks to the sculpture. This project wouldn’t be complete without all of you interacting with the “Heart of Downtown,” adding a piece of your heart to ours. Without that, we could hardly call this a work of art—or artery.
Community members were then invited to take part in two vow renewal ceremonies, one for couples and one for friends.
Speaking on behalf of Burlington City Council, Mayor Baltutis said of the sculpture, “[We hope] this becomes a staple of our community, and an ongoing commitment to love.”
If you haven’t yet gotten your own love lock to add to the armature, customizable locks are available for purchase at the Owl and the Rabbit Gallery. Thank you all for your involvement and support in the “Heart of Downtown.” We’re excited to see the love keep on growing.