Lock On (street art)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lock On is a genre of street art, where artists create installations by attaching sculptures to public furniture using lengths of chain and old bike locks. The installations themselves are referred to as "a Lock On" (singular) or "Lock Ons" (plural).[1]


A Lock On is art in a public space, typically attached to a fence or street lamp with some sort of padlock, without permission. The Lock On style is a "non-destructive" form of underground art.[2][3]


  • REVS is the tag name of a New York City graffiti artist whose sculpture, wheat paste stickers and roller pieces have earned him a reputation of an artist provocateur.[4] In New York, steel sculptures created with construction-grade steel and spelling "Revs" can be found around Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.
  • TEJN[5] is considered the "founder" of the Lock On phrase.[6] Taking scrap metal from urban areas, TEJN welds and shapes the iron into figurative sculptures[7] which he "returns to the street" as site-specific art[8][9] secured with chain or an old bike lock.[10] The genre was introduced when he started placing welded iron sculptures, chained and locked, throughout Copenhagen and Berlin.[11]
  • The peace organisation Pink Army places pink war toys in selected urban areas as part of their "war against war".[12]
  • Street artists In Portland, Oregon have chained toy horses to old metal rings, formerly used for tying real horses.[13]


Lock On street sculptures can be made from various materials like wood, plastic, clay, concrete, iron, styrofoam or polystyrene. Typically a part of the concept is to re-use found materials. In some cases the materials are released in the same neighborhood where it was originally collected, now upcycled into sculptures, following the thought of improving cityscape by the use of materials that used to impair the very same area.

The locks used when mounting street sculptures are, in some cases, dismounted from broken bikes, found nearby.


See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Lock On street sculptures".
  2. ^ "Brandts museum of art, artist description (in English)". Archived from the original on February 13, 2013.
  3. ^ Ring, Katrine (2011). Walk This Way (in Danish and English). Radius (forlag). pp. 29, 50, 54, 64, 66–70. ISBN 9788792334220.
  4. ^ "Revs street art".
  5. ^ "Lock On street art".
  6. ^ "Italian art page, article about the Lock On style (in italian)".
  7. ^ "Description of Tejns sculptures, in english".
  8. ^ "short lock On movie".
  9. ^ "Lock On´s in Brooklyn Street Art".
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Street Art: Lock On".
  11. ^ "Classic Copenhagen; Lock On".
  12. ^ "Pink Army".
  13. ^ "The Horse Project". Archived from the original on 2013-02-06.

External links[edit]