Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Have you seen “Love Locks”?

I don’t remember seeing these before, but in Natchez, MS on the River Front Trail bridge there are some padlocks, so I decided to look up what this means.


Per Wikipedia, a love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. The history dates back at least 100 years to Serbia. 

In the rest of Europe, love padlocks started appearing in the early 2000s. However, in Rome the ritual of affixing love padlocks to the bridge Ponte Milvio can be attributed to the 2006 book “I Want You” by Italian author Frederico Moccia who made a film adaptation in 2007. In several countries, the local authorities and owners of various landmarks have expressed concern and tried to have the padlocks removed. In Paris, on May 9, 2014, the weight of the padlocks on the Pont Des Arts bridge was blamed for the collapse of the part of the parapet (barrier).

Lovelocks_on_pont_des_Arts,_Parispadlocks on the Pont Des Arts bridge

Information and Paris picture from Wikipedia

Have you see love locks before?

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