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The weight of love (locks)!

When I first saw the love locks on Pont des Arts bridge on the river Seine in Paris, I thought it was a really cool idea, and the only reason I did not leave my mark on a railing of the bridge overflowing with love-locks and toss metal in water, is that, well, I could not find a lock.

It so turns out that – surprise surprise – these locks are actually bad for the beautiful Pont des Arts and other historical structures, and in June 2015, a bunch of these locks, all 45 tonne of them, became meat for bolt cutters.

Here are some pictures of the locks that were, quite literally, weighing down the Pont des Arts. Adieu, dear locks!

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  1. interesting! Why are they bad for the structures?

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    June 30, 2015
    • Andrew, due to the ardor (or love?) of so many tourists, the number of locks has gone out of hand, and their combined weight made a small portion of the railing fall, sometime in the recent past.

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      June 30, 2015
  2. I read the above explanation and glad they were taken off!

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    August 24, 2015
  3. I think locking locks has become some sort of fad across the world. πŸ™‚ We spotted the lock trend in Seoul as well.

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    February 18, 2016
    • Sorry for such a delayed reply. I agree. If it were not for the fact that these locks are not good for the underlying structures, I kind of liked them – gave tourists a chance to interact with the architecture in a more intimate way. Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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      March 1, 2016

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