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The Grand Canyon and the history of the love lock

  • In case you live near a famous landmark with an ever-growing number of love locks attached, you might be interested in the history.

    I first saw these years ago in Paris on one of the bridges across the Seine. Then at home, realized they were a growing part of an old pier on the Mississippi River. Because the Grand Canyon is a favorite spot, with potentially harmful effects on the giant condors and other wildlife, the park rangers keep them trimmed.

    So read on for the history of the now-ubiquitous love lock.

    An Unromantic Message From the Grand Canyon: Stop Leaving Your Love Locks
    “Love is strong,” Grand Canyon National Park said. “But it is not as strong as our bolt cutters.”

  • I saw the same trend all over touristic places... even on a fountain in Montevideo!

    Love locks are such a waste of metal and even a dangerous habit as they weigh a ton (this is especially dangerous when the locks are put on gates, bridges, etc.)

    Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are treated by some municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are other authorities who embrace them, and who use them as fundraising projects or tourist attractions.