Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lock and Load

Last spring I noticed an alarming number of padlocks sprouting on the Pont des Arts, the pedestrian bridge between the Louvre and the Institut de France.  They're still there, and they've been multiplying.  There are hundreds of them, in all shapes and sizes, some with names written on them, some fresh from the hardware store.  Now I see them on other bridges that have wire fencing they can be attached to.  What is all this about?

I gather this is the latest way to swear undying love for your mate: hook a padlock onto the bridge and throw the key into the river.  I suspect many of these romances end before the key floats very far downstream, leaving an ugly excresence as the only reminder of love's short stay.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Leave it to you to discover everything in Paris!
I was curious and googled.
Found this site which said some had been removed, but interesting none the less:
FWIW I found this on Wikipedia:
"Love padlocks are a custom by which sweethearts affix padlocks to a fence or similar public fixture to symbolise their love, beginning in the 1980s, in the centre of the southern Hungarian city of Pécs."