Thursday, December 22, 2011

love locks

Have you been to Pont des Arts in Paris? My few days in Paris were such a whirlwind that although we went to the Louvre twice, I think we missed the pedestrian bridge. I saw an article about it the other day with a photo of all the love padlocks that are attached to it. I have heard of love padlocks before, but I had never seen them in such mass as on the Pont des Arts in Paris. Love locks seem to be a very controversial topic due to city officials seeing them as a nuisance as well as destructive to public property. However, the romantic in me (and others apparently since they continue to appear on bridges) loves the idea of securing a love lock to a bridge and tossing the key in the water below. Of course, I think Paris is probably the most romantic place one could leave their lock, but while I was researching this I discovered there are other popular locations. Apparently a tower in Seoul and bridges in Vancouver, Cologne, Rome & Florence are also popular spots. On one bridge in Moscow, the Luzhkov Bridge, metal trees were added to the bridge to create a more permanent place for the locks. I love the communal installation that is created out of the locks and messages left on each of them. I also love that when the Pont des Arts was cleared of all its love locks overnight Parisians and visitors started adding again, but to the Pont de l'Archevêché.

Pont des Arts: Paris

N Seoul Tower: Seoul

Pont de l'Archevêché: Paris

Ponte Milvio: Rome

Cologne, Germany