ATWATER VILLAGE – The L.A. Times reports that the City of Paris is about remove thousands of “love locks” that have been attached by love-struck couples and others to the Pont des Arts footbridge and other locations across the French capital. But in Atwater Village, couples and others who want to express their long-lasting commitment can still hang their padlocks and combination locks on the Sunnynook foot bridge that crosses over the Los Angeles River. In fact, the Atwater Love Lock Bridge even has a Facebook page.
It’s not certain when and where love locks first appeared. But the love locks have become a common sight in some European cities, where many tourists write their initials on the locks, attach them to a bridge and then throw away the keys.
The first love locks appeared on the Sunnynook bridge around 2013 or 2014, according to the Facebook page. Now easily more than 100 locks in all shapes, sizes and brands hang from the chain link walls on both sides of the narrow bridge.
The names of couples and loved ones are written on the locks, some of which have also been painted or decorated with sequins. Vandals have tagged, spray painted and even stolen some locks, according the bridge’s Facebook page. But the tradition has endured.
The Parisian love locks are being removed because of safety reasons after a the weight of so many locks caused a section of a bridge parapet to collapse.
So, forget Paris. Grab a lock and meet your loved one on the Sunnynook bridge.
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