Padlock Art? Iron Love-letters? [updated]

On our recent walks I found those intriguing displays on bridges and lamp posts … and I wonder what the story is … Is it art? Is it the new graffiti ? Is this how jouvenile delinquents now display their affection? Many of those padlocks have writings on them, like “amore eterno”, “sempre insieme”, names and dates …

Anyone knows what’s the deal here?

Reader and longtime online-pal shag found the answer and some good links about the phenomenon which seem to have started at the Ponte Milvio bridge in Rome: from wiki:

In late 2006, the bridge began attracting couples, who use a lamppost on the bridge to hang padlocks as a sign of their love. The ritual involves the couple locking the padlock to the lamppost, then throwing the key behind them into the Tiber.

This lamppost later collapsed under the weight of the padlocks and you can see pictures of it here

But I still wonder how it all started …

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6 Responses to Padlock Art? Iron Love-letters? [updated]

  1. koomi says:

    oho 😀 i love streetartsy people

  2. shag says:

    couples do this to show the “unbreakableness” of their love, they put the lock somewhere on and throw the key away. AFAIK this has its origin on some bridge somewhere in Rome. See

  3. shag says:

    here are some pictures illustrating this padlock thing:

  4. koomi says:

    shag! du sollst arbeiten und nicht schlüssel-schloß-geschichten googlen 😀

  5. shag says:

    ich hab das nur semi-gegooglet, ich hab das neulich mal im tv gesehen.

  6. Alexis C. says:

    It all started from a book called “Ho voglia di te” by F. Moccia which is very popular here in Italy… They made also a movie….

    btw, I haven’t read the book or watched the movie..

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