Romantic LoveLocks are Replaced with Street Art

Will it ever be the same on the Paris’s Pont des Arts Bridge? I don’t think so…hundreds of thousands of “love locks” were removed and replaced with street art or “graffiti” last week. SAD…and disappointed! The temporary exhibition on the theme of love, assembled by Paris gallerist Mehdi Ben Cheikh, is intended to cover the railing with an alternative attraction for romantics no longer able to immortalize their love by attaching a padlock and throwing the key into the River Seine. Couples, families and friends have enjoyed and participated in this ancient tradition for many years there. I am sure this tradition will find a way to continue there in Paris on other bridges and special places. Love always finds a way!

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LoveLocks in Paris

Panels by street artist “El Seed” and remaining “love-locks” pictured on the railings of the Pont des Arts on June 5, 2015 in Paris. Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, began the heart-breaking process of removing tens of thousands of “love-locks”, padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by love-struck couples, to temporarily replace the railings by panels painted by street artists. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET