Last week, Paris announced that it was going to remove the thousands of “Love Locks” attached to the historic Pont des Arts, and on Monday, the city started to dismantle the 45 tons of initial-adorned padlocks from its famous bridge. Plans are in place to exchange the bridge’s metal grills for lock-proof plexiglass, signaling a true finality to the tradition.
While the custom seems to be coming to an end in the City of Light (it still rages on in other major cities like London, Rome, and New York), young lovers and Francophiles alike can still get their “Love Lock” fix with a new coffee table book, Bridges of Paris, out now from photographer Michael Saint James.
While the book focuses on a variety of Paris’s bridges, some of the most striking images are those of the Pont des Arts, visually groaning under the weight.
“The love-lock fad will fade away as surely as love will always triumph in Paris,” said Saint James of the launch of Paris’s “No Love Locks” media campaign.
“When the time comes, I’ll go back to take photographs for the second edition of my book: Bridges of Paris Sans Serrures.”
Sounds like it might be sooner than he originally thought.
For more information, visit bridgesofparis.com, and scroll down for more of Saint James’s work.
Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.