Prolific – Locks of Love

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Prolific – Locks of Love

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 These heart shape grids can be found at the side of the lake Traunsee at Castle Ort in Gmunden, Austria. Decorated with padlocks, put there by couples as a commitment of their love.

This image came to mind for me today for the Weekly Photo Challenge, prolific. This tradition was also practiced by lovers in Paris who would scratch their initials onto a padlock and attach it to the Pont des Arts, the footbridge that crosses the Seine, and then throw away the key. It was so prolific that the Pont des Arts bridge had to be closed in 2014 as one of its metal grills collapsed under the weight of the locks. All padlocks have since been removed from the city, 45 tonnes in total, and panels were installed to prevent people from fixing new ones.

 


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