Today’s Photo of the Day submission from Judy Andrus Toporcer (WizenedEye.com) brought a little romance into my day. A lovely sentiment to mark a lover’s spot–put a lock on your commitment to one another and throw away the key.
Wanting to know more about this, I soon discovered that this Ottawa landmark has been photographed and written about in a number of places, and is the subject of this video explainer on YouTube.
And researching further, I find that the phenomenon is spreading worldwide, with “love locks” being placed in a prominent way in cities across this and other continents: Prague, Rome, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Seoul, Paris, The Brooklyn Bridge, Mount Huang in China. The locations are listed, with photos, on Wikipedia.
This great an outpouring of romance cannot, of course, remain unattended by commercial exploitation. I find this website which promotes the romantic practice of love lock placement, and conveniently offers for sale custom padlocks shaped like twined hearts, with personalized engraving. At $25 plus $18 for engraving, it could be cheaper than dinner and a movie.