Padlocks, a public expression of love in Paris under threat

2014-06-18 10:31
Cape Town - Love, usually expressed in many different ways, is under threat. Well, at least in Paris anyway.

The act of clipping padlocks onto the UNESCO World Heritage Site Pont des Arts bridge is under threat, as on 8 June 2014, a section of the bridge buckled under the weight of padlocks.

How the padlocks work

Vendors on the famous bridge sell padlocks to couples who are on a quest to make their love known by inscribing their names on the padlock, lock it on the railing, and throw the key into the water.

The problem

With the growing popularity of this act, many coupled up tourists have taken to adding this love padlock gesture to their bucket list, so much so that it is estimated that the accumulated mass of locks on the Pont des Arts equate to the weight of two semi trailers.

What other cities are doing – potential solutions

Cities such as Moscow have come up with alternative ways to deal with similar solutions. According to National Geographic, locks on bridges over the Vodootvodny Canal were cut off, and metal trees that locks could be attached to were put up, while Rome and Venice have gone straight for the root problem, and have banned the locks altogether.

Here’s a closer look at what this padlock craze is about:


What do you think could be a solution to preserving the world heritage site bridge? Tell us in the comments section below.


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