Saturday, September 27, 2014

Love locks

While hiking Ucluelet's Wild Pacific Trail, my wife and I came across this collection of locks attached to one of the viewing platforms. Neither one of us was familiar with the concept of 'love locks' but apparently it's a thing, particularly in Paris.

According to this Wikipedia article:
 A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love.[1] Typically the sweethearts' names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are often treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal.
They recently made the news from Paris according to this Toronto Sun article.

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