‘Locks of Love’ Wreak Havoc on Paris Bridge

A photo taken on June 9, 2014 shows 'love padlocks' attached to a fence of the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine river in Paris. Thousands of 'locks of love' attached to the footbridge caused part of the railing to collapse, forcing an evacuation on June 8. Thousands of lovers from across the world visit the Pont des Arts every year and seal their love by attaching a lock carrying their names to its railing and throwing the key in the Seine. The phenomenon has become something of a headache for officials in the City of Light, who would prefer something that poses fewer problems of security and aesthetics. AFP PHOTO /JACQUES DEMARTHONJACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images
This photo, taken June 9, shows the “locks of love” attached to the Pont des Arts bridge over the Seine river in Paris.
Jacues DeMarthon/AFP/Getty Images

Remember when two love birds used to carve their initials on a tree?

Well now they’re engraving them on locks and fastening them to bridges. And over the weekend these thousands of “locks of love” closed down a Paris footbridge.

The Pont de Arts bridge in Paris has become well-known for its locks. Lovers have been fastening locks on the bridge since 2008. The locks say things like “D.B. L L.B.” and “Ron and Judy, 5-12-14, Love.” Once the locks are secured, the lovers toss the lock’s key into the Seine river below.

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The weight of the love tokens is what caused the Pont de Arts railing to collapse, reports dailytelegraph.com.au. Police quickly ushered visitors off the footbridge and closed the bridge. No injuries were reported and the bridge was reopened today.

The obsession with “locks of love” has spread to the Eiffel Tower as well, where officials recently removed 40 locks, according to the report. Locks have taken over bridges in Germany, Russia, China, and Italy as well.

New Yorker Lisa Anselmo and friend Lisa Taylor Huff are two Americans living in Paris who began a petition this year to have the “tens of thousands” of locks on the city’s historic bridges removed, calling them destructive and an eyesore.

And it’s not just lovers declaring their feelings. Here’s a lock someone secured for his or her “mum,” prompting the No Love Locks movement to tweet this:

What do you think of the trend?