The bridge and the Arts
According to Wikipedia:
Parapets screened the Pont des Arts is now support for multiple padlocks hung by couples: these are locks of love . These locks typically include entries in the marker (even inscriptions) mentioning the names or initials of two lovers, the date on which the lock was hooked, and possibly a short message.
This practice has appeared on the Pont des Arts in 2008 5 , and has since expanded to the Passerelle Leopold-Sedar-Senghor and the Pont of the Archdiocese . The origin of this practice is rather vague: it appeared in Eastern Europe in the 1980s and 1990s, then spread to Western Europe in the 2000s.
Locks the Pont des Arts are regularly unexplained disappearances akin to vandalism. Between 10 and 12 May 2010, almost all padlocks have been removed during the night without the public authorities are responsible for this suppression. While the parapets of the bridge between 1600 and 2000 bore padlock early May 2010, there remained more than forty (the thicker infracturables) May 12, 2010 6 . The practice of hanging padlock nevertheless quickly picked up, but now the bridge has almost no padlock, the date entered is prior to May 2010. It happens also that whole sections are sheared and the parapets removed during the night, leaving the bridge without mesh in some places, temporarily filled by wooden planks before a new fence is installed where vandalized. This was particularly the case in July 2011 (3 pieces of wire cut in one night) 7 , and several times thereafter. This explains the differences in “density” lock between different parts of the Pont des Arts.