Paris Love Lock Will be Removed Permanently on June 2015
Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the The Pont des Arts pedestrian bridge in Paris, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture. If you are one of those couple who did the “love lock”, you’ve got a bad news.
The city of Paris has finally decided that Pont des Arts will close on Monday, June 1st 2015 for permanent removal of the locks. So there will be no more love lock for couple to be put on this bridge. According to the council, the locks are causing ‘a lasting degradation of the heritage of Paris and also a risk to the safety of visitors, Parisians and tourists’.
The bridge, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower, will be closed for one week in June while the love lock are removed. Currently, the Pont des Arts is covered with graffiti-covered plywood panels, but they will be replaced with 110 panels featuring artwork by international artists, according to the No Love Locks campaign. Then in October, glass panels will be installed on both the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché, another bridge crossing the Seine river.