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Published April 11th 2016
Love Locks are starting to proliferate around the fence of Blue Lake Lookout in Mount Gambier. We've noticed this when recently visited the place on the 26th of March 2016. Love locks are a symbol of love and commitment.
There are no positives to this ugly trend, I'm afraid.
It began to be a serious problem several years ago in several European capitals, including Paris, where the Pont des Arts was transformed into walls of scrap metal. The same thing happened to monuments and statues. Appalling!
It isnít cute, or original.
Apart from the locks ruining the appearance of elegant bridges, the keys are polluting the waterways and an annoying 'trade' in locks and cards has attracted spruikers, who set up their placards and tables nearby. There is also an increase in graffiti, scrawled on the stones and pavement. The whole thing is commercialised and ludicrous.
Love and commitment? Think about it! Locks are about restriction, limitations and ownership. You donít "lock" someone into love! Not if youíre a grown-up, anyway.
The idea of a lock - and its implications - being associated with romance is even more ridiculous. Itís obvious that the silly copycats havenít even thought of this.
The Paris authorities had to remove the tonnes of locks when parts of the bridges collapsed. Australian authorities need to put an end to this now - no arguments, no pandering, no delay.
Whatís more, the irresponsible and the immature should stop their sentimental, unthinking promotion of this rubbish.