Love locks are padlocks which are attached by couples to bridges, fences, gates, and other structures around the world, and the keys are often cast into the river to signify everlasting love. But now these little locks are causing big problems:
More on Love Locks:
Love locks are so despised by some people that two friends living in Paris – Lisa Taylor Huff and Lisa Anselmo – started a campaign called No Love Locks in January.
“The delicate Pont des Arts has become a freakish glut of indistinguishable metal lumps, and worse, is now in mortal danger,” Lisa Anselmo wrote.
They say the City of Love has turned into the City of Locks, and have counted at least eight bridges over the Seine and three over the Canal Saint Martin where padlocks have spread “like fungus”.
City wants love-struck visitors to stop attaching locks to Brooklyn Bridge – New York Daily News
The Transportation Dept., which monitors New York City’s bridges, is calling for a lockdown on the romantic “love lock” ritual, claiming maintenance crews removed a whopping 5,600 of the latches from the 5,989-foot span since July.
But the new bid to shut down the ritual wasn’t discouraging smitten tourists from expressing their love Tuesday with colorful clasps, which don names of lovers and the date.