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.
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?Kristi Palma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @kristipalma.