Lagan Love locks

Wikipedia description: Love padlocks (also known as love locks and, in Taiwan, wish locks) are a custom by which padlocks are affixed to a fence, gate, bridge or similar public fixture by sweethearts at an increasing number of locations in the world to symbolise their love.

The craze which started gaining popularity in early 2000’s has finally reached Belfast and the fencing along the Lagan Weir bridge seems to be the location of choice.

If you’ve crossed the bridge recently you may have noticed the growing number of locks appearing and wondered what was going on, well now you know!

The craze seems to have caused a fair amount of controversy worldwide for many reasons. For example, in Florence, Italy, 5,500 love padlocks affixed to the Ponte Vecchio bridge were removed by the city council. According to the council the padlocks both pose an aesthetic problem as well as scratch and dent the metal of the bridge.

In Dublin, padlocks on the Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey were being taken down by Dublin City Council in early 2012. The padlocks could damage the protected structure, the Council has said.

20130718-183820.jpgYou can certainly see why they could be an issue, but Moscow have a great solution. They built an iron tree specifically for padlocks and here is the result.

No doubt the numbers of locks will increase on the bridge, the question is, what happens next? Are you going to add to them? And when will they disappear overnight?

Post Author: Belfast Times

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