COLOMBIA NEWS – It’s still unnamed, at only 17 steps from the “Calle del Pecado” (Sin Street) and under the palms over the Cali river in the new pedestrian bridge linking to the boulevard of Avenida Colombia, Cali lovers have found a place to lock in their love. Literally.
Here, couples can lock in their love commitment with a padlock on the railings of the Boulevard walkway.
The padlocks, although only eight as of Monday, have written on them the names of the lovers.
[su_pullquote]Click here for a list of locations with love locks[/su_pullquote]A love lock or love padlock is a padlock is a trend in which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide. They are often treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal.
Some of the notable locations are:
- In Paris, the city in May 2010 expressed concern over the growing number of love-locks on the Pont des Arts, Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor and the Pont de l’Archevêché bridges.
- In Buenos Aires, love locks are usually located at the east side of the rotating footbridge Puente de la Mujer of the Puerto Madero district.
- Pedro de Valdivia Bridge in Valdivia, Southern Chile has been recently used as a place where couples leave love padlocks.
- On a fountain in Montevideo in Uruguay, a plaque is affixed to the front of the fountain that provides an explanation in both English and Spanish. The English version of the text reads, “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.”
- In Canada love padlocks appearing along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island.
- In Florence, Italy, 5,500 love padlocks affixed to the Ponte Vecchio bridge were removed by the city council.
- In Dublin, Ireland, padlocks on the Ha’penny Bridge, River Liffey were being taken down by Dublin City Council in early 2012.
- In Bamberg, Germany, after inviting the public to attach love locks on the Kettenbrücke.
In Cali, though a much lesser impact (so far) couples have the Boulevard, which some are calling should be renamed “puente del amor” (love bridge).
Miguel Meléndez, Secretary for Infastructure in Cali, said such spontaneous demonstrations are good while not affecting the bridge infrastrcuture.
“Chévere” (cool) is how Meléndez describes the trend.