Sunday, May 27, 2012
Locks of Love
I found this lock attached to a fence on Portobello Road this week, committing Hege (?) and Peter to a perpetual public declaration of their relationship -- well, until a maintenance man cuts it off, anyway.
Apparently this is a European thing, attaching padlocks in public places to represent couplehood. When I was in Italy, in 2007, I found nests of them adjacent to the Ponte Vecchio, hanging off railings like Spanish moss.
And last November I found a nascent growth of locks on a fence in Greenwich.
I never saw this when I lived in New York, but maybe I just wasn't paying attention!