Love Locks have been in the news a lot recently. It seems that cities in many countries across Europe — from England to France — aren’t happy about the relatively new and modern tradition. The countries, somewhat understandably, don’t like the hundreds upon hundreds of the padlocks chained to bridges of their most popular cities. It’s an eyesore, so the argument goes.
In addition to being considered a form of vandalism, the padlocks have added a lot of additional weight to the bridges. From an engineering point of view, these bridges weren’t, in many cases, designed to hold so much weight and are becoming deteriorated and unsafe. For that reason alone it’s understandable why the cities that maintain these bridges aren’t terribly happy.
To make their point, the city of Paris is going a step farther. They’ve started a movement on social media using the hash tag #Lovewithoutlocks. They’re encouraging visitors to the City of Light to take selfies to commemorate their love, not a love lock.
There’s also another angle to all of this. I had a comment recently on my original post on love locks from a reader disagreeing with the concept. The reader found love locks a terrible way to symbolize love. It gave me something to think about. While I definitely see and understand that point of view, personally, I don’t agree. You could think of it as the old ball-and-chain metaphor but I think that’s looking at it the wrong way. When I married, I legally gave up my single-ness to be married. I’m not bound to my husband because I have to be: I’m bound to him because I want to be. But, obviously, everyone will have a different opinion.
While I do have a love lock, it sits safely on the mantle of the fireplace in our living room. It’s more the gesture and the meaning behind the love lock than the actual act of locking it on anything. It’s not about locking it on property I don’t own or have approval to lock it on.
Where do you stand on love locks? Are you a hopeless love locker or a supporter of love without locks?
Photo by dbarreda via Flickr.