Locks of Love

Love padlocks have become somewhat of a thing in the last few years – Seoul, Paris, Prague, Serbiathe list goes on and on.  Way back in March (yeah, it’s been a while), Stephen and I took a day trip to Tampere, 2 hours away, and happened to stumble upon some love padlocks over the Tammerkoski Rapids.  I love the idea, and I love the different locks people choose to use.  Some are utilitarian, some are quite fancy, some are written on, and some have other things attached to the locks.  I could have easily spent an hour there, studying each of the locks, imagining who these couples were and what happened to them.

Love Padlocks, Tampere Finland

Love Padlocks, Tampere Finland

Lock 1Lock 3

Lock 2

See more love padlocks around the world here, here, and here.

Have you seen love padlocks on your travels?  I would love for you to comment with a link to your photos!

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15 thoughts on “Locks of Love

  1. i love this idea. i’ve seen these in a few different places, but always after i’ve visited and seeing it on someone else’s blog! paris, istanbul, amsterdam. very cute idea.

  2. O so this is a world-wide thing?! cool. I was recently in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio has so many love locks on it that I believe the city has put a bylaw in place to try and dissuade people from putting them there.

    I haven’t posted my photos yet but I’ll be sure to let you know when I do.

    • Yes, please let me know when you post photos! Yes, I’ve read that some cities now fine if they catch you doing it – as I replied to Jen above, there are concerns over rust damage to the bridges, and that making them unsafe.

  3. usdikananesgi

    Last year, an artist got permission from the city of Tampere to remove a whole bunch for an art project. The final product was one big cube of smelted metal. It caused quite the stir (if he was single, he was getting no ladies for a long time), but the artist found some kind of compromise where he let locals into his exhibit free, and the firestorm quickly abated (but he still wasn’t getting no ladies for a long time. He might as well have torn down a wedding chapel).

    The city will take them down from time to time anyhow, part of it having to do with that rust issue, and the other part being that it’s a pretty popular teenage rite of passage. That bridge fills up very quickly.

  4. anonymous

    Should one want to, the practice can be seen as littering or vandalism.

    Personally, I think it looks untidy and is an eyesore that should only be done in out-of-the-way places where it won’t be thrust on people unless they specifically want to see it. Since it causes corrosion, there should be a specific place designated for it.

  5. They do this in Helsinki too near the Uspenski Cathedral. And re: Tampere, yes – the artists were threatened with death for removing so many locks and making “art” out of them! (Check the Helsingin Sanomat International archives)

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