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Finally! Those Ugly Locks Are Taken Off The Pont Des Arts!

June 2nd, 2015 · 6 Comments

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Workers taking down the locks. Yes!

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This beautiful bridge turned ugly.

Patrick and I went to the Pont des Arts yesterday just to see them lift off all the ugly locks that have been destroying this beautiful bridge and making it an eyesore for the past number of years. There were quite a few Parisians there just for the occasion. (Tourists were there as well putting on their last locks.) Many of us were reminiscing about how beautiful the bridge use to be before this stupid tradition took off like a cancer and is still going on throughout Paris.

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Finally! It’s about time.

I’ve written several posts about the destruction and vandalism these locks were making, but do you think any tourist listened? Of course not! Instead, they talked about the “beautiful romantic tradition” of putting locks on the Pont des Arts. They don’t know what they’re talking about. The Pont des Arts was first built over 200 years old and this so-called tradition started in 2008. Some say it started when some Serbian filmmaker put the first lock on the bridge during filming. Apparently it’s a tradition in Serbia and it should have stayed there!

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I wonder how many of those “lovers” are still together?

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Many aren’t, I’m sure. (No, I’m not being unromantic, I’m being pragmatic.)

As one French gentleman lamented yesterday, “The Pont des Arts will never be the same again.” When the bridge was rebuilt in the early 80s it was painstakingly rebuilt as the original with a few changes. The millions of people who placed those locks and wouldn’t listen to the pleas to stop destroying the bridge has made it necessary to change the bridge from its original construction.

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Locks are showing up everywhere.

Maya Muses:  Special glass will replace the ironwork and supposedly the glass will withstand the graffiti that undoubtedly will attract many. Taking off the 45 tons of locks has put a stop to the cancer that was growing on the Pont des Arts. Now, what about the other bridges in Paris? Chemotherapy is needed there as well.

But, it’s a start and I’m happy those locks are gone from the Pont des Arts!

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No more eyesore in the future, hopefully!

Photo Credit: Personal Photos

Tags: In The News · Paris - Paname

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Harriet // Jun 2, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Finally! Thanks for keeping us posted.

    One credit card company was supporting these locks in an ad – I promptly called and complained due to your alert about the problem. I hope the Paris police will be vigilant with other bridges and other sites.

  • 2 Lynn // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Good for you, Harriet! It’s crazy how so many people think this “tradition” has been around forever in Paris. The mayor should have done something years ago instead of waiting until it became so dangerous that the bridge was about to collapse. They still wouldn’t have done anything except they were afraid of the consequences if any tourists died from the result of it.

    The proof is, they waited until 45 tons of metal locks were on that bridge and it was just a matter of time before it collapsed. Let’s see how long it’s going to take to get those locks off of the other bridges. The only people lamenting about the locks being taken off here are those vendors who bought locks cheap and sold them to tourists for a nice little profit. Oh yeah, and the lock industry, of course.

  • 3 Harriet // Jun 3, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I would think there would be some sort of historic preservation group that would be taking up this cause and protesting! Where are the national monuments people when you need them???

  • 4 Lynn // Jun 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Actually, it was two American ex-pats that started a campaign to stop putting locks on the bridges. They got thousands of signatures, and then sent them to the mayor of Paris. That was a couple of years ago and, like I said, nothing was done until it became a real danger. Surprisingly, those historic preservation groups have been non-existent until now.

  • 5 Kris // Jun 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

    My husband and I put a lovelock on the bridge when we were in Paris a few years ago, no one said anything about it ruining the bridge otherwise I don’t think we would have put one on. They should find a solution so people can place them somewhere.

  • 6 Lynn // Jun 7, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Like I said, Kris, it was the city’s fault for not stopping it sooner. But, why do you feel there’s a need to place locks somewhere? As I wrote in my post, this so-called tradition started in 2008, if we didn’t need locks before that date, why do we need them now?

    As you can tell, I’m anti-locks. Sorry.

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