Locking in Hope, a Kamloops Food Bank fundraiser, was handed over to the city as public art on Thursday afternoon during a public unveiling.
The food bank has been busy selling padlocks, which were uniquely decorated and then clasped to the structure behind Sandman Centre.
The fundraiser has raised $67,275 of its $200,000 goal. Kamloops Food Bank executive director Bernadette Siracky said the message of hope has resonated, with 1,500 locks sold so far.
Siracky said a lot of the money has come from sponsorships, noting the project was pricier than anticipated because the price of steal increased dramatically. Cost of the project is nearing $100,000.
She expects the fundraiser will take off when people see the structure in the park. Locks will be sold next to the artwork beginning one hour before Thursday’s unveiling.
Locks will also be sold during peak park times, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.
A decoration station will also allow supporters to adorn their locks on site.