Lock On (street art)

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Lock On street art, by Tejn
Lock On street art, by Tejn 2012
Gun getting shredded in mincer. Lock On attached to urban furniture in troubled urban area. By Tejn

Lock On is a style of street art, where artists create site-specific installations by attaching sculptures to public furniture using lengths of chain and old bike locks. The sculptures are often arranged to give the impression that they are interacting with surroundings.[1] The installations themselves are referred to as "a Lock On" (singular) or "Lock Ons" (plural).


A Lock On is art in a public space, typically attached to a fence or street lamp with some sort of padlock. The Lock On style is a "non destructive" form of underground art.[2][3]

Lock On artists[edit]

Character winding up a peace sign. Lock On street art, by Tejn
Slingshooters taking over armored personal carrier. Lock On street art, by Tejn

Artist Tejn[4][5] is considered the "founder" of the Lock On style. [6][7] Taking scrap metal from urban areas, he welds the material to create sculptures [8] which he "returns to the street" as art,[9][10] secured with chain or an old bike lock.[11] The genre was introduced when he started placing his welded iron sculptures, chained and locked, throughout Copenhagen and Berlin.[12]

Related projects[edit]

The peace organisation Pink Army places pink war toys in selected urban areas as part of their "war against war".[13]

In Portland, Oregon, street artists have chained toy horses to old metal rings, formerly used for tying real horses.[14]

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