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Love Locks on the Pont des Arts: Symbols of Love, or Tacky Vandalism?

by Sylvia Sabes
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15 comments on “Love Locks on the Pont des Arts: Symbols of Love, or Tacky Vandalism?

I’m thrilled about the plexi panels, too. Let’s hope it works! The city of Venice has gone even further, making it illegal to put up a lock. It’s now an international issue!

I am thrilled that the Marie de Paris has finally started replacing the mesh panels of the bridge with glass panels. This prevents more locks from being attached and the further degradation of the lovely bridges. There are many other ways of expressing love without buying a tacky lock and attaching it amongst thousands of others to rust.

It’s better than graffiti.

I definitely see a couple sides to this. For one, even after living in Paris for years, never saw this bridge as a nuisance. With a city that can throw the modern building of the Centre Georges Pompidou plop in the center, I don’t necessarily find this one bridge tacky. I do agree it can get a bit crazy with all the locks and it is not good for the structure, but just like many of the other “tourist traps” in Paris, I don’t think it needs to be removed or taken care of. If the Moulin Rouge gets to stay, I don’t find any harm in the Pont des Arts 🙂

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Thanks for your input Coco!

Irene, good for you!
Sherrill, that is actually a great idea… I love the hardware store in the basement of the BHV. They have everything you need to make a custom pair of shoes. Now how romantic is that? Making your own pair of shoes in Paris, to take home with you!
Samantha, I think you hit the nail on the head; there is no reason to make a public declaration that is permanent.

the masks look wonderful its the public declaration of love on public property [that ends up looking like a garbage dump too ]that’s so annoying!

i agree i have always found those locks, not only the locks, but the idea really obnoxious!and they have been destroying a beautiful bridge ,the structure and the looks.i dont see why those people havent been fined for vandalism from the beginning! and the street art in your hometown sounds almost just as bad

Tacky, tacky, tacky. I think they are an eyesore. When I go to visit beautiful places, the last thing I want to see are views blocked by thousands of locks just looking trashy. If I really wanted to look at locks, there is always the hardware store! 😉

I also believe that it is wrong to have all those locks on the bridge, they are an eyesore. When I was in Paris last June I crossed the bridge but was not tempted to leave a lock of my own.

Hi Lynn,
If people feel the need to publically post a symbol of their love, I really would rather they did it in their own town. However, our street art Is on our balcony, in our home and Gregos’ work is so popular the masks are stolen in a matter of days, so they don’t leave of a foot print.
You’ve inspired a thought, though: I’d love to read every else’s ideas for creative alternatives!

I am totally in agreement with you with regard to the locks, so I was surprised you would suggest that the street art you install in your hometown is better.

Eva and Nina, so glad you agree. I am not sure the government is going to act anytime soon. I think education is the key, so please, help get the word out!

Merci, merci, merci….. The locks are vandalism pure and simple., as is the added pollution caused by the keys dropped into the Seine.

They are disgusting to look at as you pass or walk across a bridge. How would these romantic vandals feel if someone did that to their own fences back home, because they thought it was a such a loving gesture.

Of course standing nearby and selling locks only add to the problem way over 100%. They should be banned and a lot less locks will be used as an impulse gesture made easy.

I agree, this trend has gone too far, my personal opinion is, that it looks tacky and probably not good for the structure of the bridge. I feel sorry for those who will have the duty to remove the locks. 😀

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