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Loaded with love | Love locks cover Old Town Spring tree

The tree is loaded with locks, all symbols of a particular second or relationship.

SPRING, Texas — It began off as one thing to make individuals smile, however a hidden gem in Spring is having a a lot deeper influence. KHOU 11 viewer Valeria tell us in regards to the Love Locks Tree.

“It just was a crazy idea. After seeing love locks put on the strangest places in different art shows we go to, I just thought, ‘We’ve got to have something in Spring,'” says Kelly Speer, who owns the Lana Williams Gallery in Old Town. “We didn’t have a bridge. We didn’t have a river.”

What Speer did have was a 100-year-old tree standing her gallery on Preston St.

“We just thought, ‘We’ll wrap it with some fencing and see what happens,” Speer says.

What occurred is that lots of of individuals latched onto the thought.

“I never dreamed it would take off like it did,” says Speer.

The Love Locks Tree caught the eye of Vicente and Ana Viñas on Feb. 10, 2021. They have been strolling via Old Town when he noticed the tree.

“He asked me to take him to the store. He bought a lock. We didn’t pay any more attention to it,” shares Ana. “We were bringing it on Valentine’s Day to put it on.”

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Then the winter storm hit, preserving the couple at house. Ana and Vicente, who was terminally in poor health, made a brand new plan. They’d return to the tree on Feb. 25, their anniversary.

“We could never make it because on Feb. 24, he passed away,” Ana says.

Though she had lost the love of her life, she nonetheless had a logo of that love:  the lock Vicente painted for her.

“He did it with so much love because at that time he knew he was getting worse, worse and worse every day,” says Ana. “He wanted to leave something for me.”

So on March 24, 2021, Ana and her grandson returned to the tree to hold the lock, a small reminder of that enduring love.

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“It’s beautiful,” Ana says. “We just don’t want to forget him and that’s a way to keep him.”

“That was the whole point, just to make people smile,” says Speer.

She tells us she want to discover extra space for the locks. She’s brainstorming methods to do this now.

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