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Friday, August 26, 2011

Love Locks

On the Pont de l'Archevêché, which is the  bridge that crosses from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the Left Bank of the River Seine, and the Pont des Arts bridge, thousands of ribbons and padlocks with messages,  names and initials are attached to the metal rails. These are known as "Love Locks", and are quite a sight to see. Since my son is an avid lock collector, this was certainly a trip highlight for him!

 I found it to be a unique form of art!

 Apparently, you are supposed to pledge your love to each other, lock the padlock to the bridge, and toss the key into the river below. The story goes, that to break the pledge of love, one must find the key and unlock the padlock. Yeah...right!


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4 comments:

Sweetwater Designs said...

your son must've thought that was quite the treat! and what a great photo.
So did you leave your own lock on the fence? lol

Lin said...

Cool!! I imagine the floor of river loaded with keys. :)

Catherine said...

That is very cool idea! Love it!
xo Catherine

Nancy said...

Wow, what a cool concept. I love art like this where the public contributes!

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