A gold Zippo lighter. A wedding dress. Eyeglasses, a wooden spoon, a little teddy bear holding a heart.
The mementos we hold on to long after former lovers have scorned us occupy dusty shoeboxes under our beds or cramped spaces in the backs of closets. We take these tokens -- random things, like coins, 25-cent rings from vending machines, and scribbled love notes -- and hide them away as much as we do our ugly, goopy, grieving, sad little broken hearts.
But now, there's a museum in Los Angeles encouraging us to cast light on these shadowy symbols of failed love affairs. The premise? Instead of tucking our memories away and experiencing breakups through sniffles, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream pints, or weeks-unwashed sweatpants, your sonata pathetique can find camaraderie as part of a conceptual art piece kicking off June 4th at Los Angeles' new Museum of Broken Relationships. The museum's exhibits are actual, physical embodiments of lost hope for lost love, all submitted by the lovelorn public; from fuzzy handcuffs and a T-rex piñata to racks and racks of discarded lingerie.