The San Marcos community locked in their love with the Leadership San Marcos' Love Lock SMTX art installation project Feb. 16.

The organization unveiled the project Feb. 16 at Zelick's Ice House.

The Love Lock SMTX project was championed by the 2024 leadership class: Heather Demere, Tiffany Harris and Brooke Spruiell.

Leadership San Marcos is a two-year commitment and started in 1985 with community projects that began in 1996. The first year is dedicated to learning about the city while working to come up with a community project.

Spruiell said the organization surpassed its $35,000 fundraising goal for the art installation project.

"It took a lot of effort from the community to make this a reality," Spruiell said.

She also noted that any additional proceeds will be donated to the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and other services to children who have been abused or neglected.

"We wanted to have a beautiful sculpture for this community to enjoy and hopefully to bring some tourism—to bring people from out of town to lock in their love," Spruiell said.

Seth Katz, co-owner of Zelick's Ice House, said he hopes the art installation draws interest from the community.

"It's wonderful, we have art events here, we like to be involved in the community. ... We're super happy to have them here and support the art community and Leadership San Marcos," Katz said.