Love pad­lock craze comes to Silo Park

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS ETHERIDGE

Cupid’s ar­row has struck the hearts of Auck­lan­ders.

Love locks have be­gun to ap­pear on a fence at down­town Auck­land’s Silo Park.

Some of the 32 pad­locks, many with the names of cou­ples en­graved on them, have dates on them.

In other coun­tries, cou­ples at­tach the pad­locks as a sign of their love.

The Silo Park fence sits along the har­bour’s edge with views of the har­bour bridge and the Waitem­ata.

The new­est dated pad­lock June 19 2014.

The love lock fence is slowly gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity thanks in part to the photo shar­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, In­sta­gram.

Pho­tos of the fence were first posted on In­sta­gram six months ago.

The good news for ro­man­tics is those in charge say they have no plans to break any hearts by re­mov­ing them.

‘‘Who are we to stand in the way of cupid?’’ Water­front Auck­land spokesman Luke Hen­shall says.

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‘‘It’s there and it’s some­thing we’re keep­ing an eye on and tol­er­at­ing.’’

He says the coun­cil group learned about the love lock fence in May and sup­ports peo­ple mak­ing pub­lic spa­ces their own.

Love lock fences and bridges are popular over­seas and be­come sig- nif­i­cant tourist their own right.

But their pop­u­lar­ity has caused headaches for some.

In June a sec­tion of the rail­ing of the Pont des Arts pedes­trian bridge in Paris buck­led un­der the weight of tens of thou­sands of love locks.

Hen­shall says if the num­ber of pad­locks on the fence be­comes a prob­lem, Water­front Auck­land may re­view the sit­u­a­tion.

But for the mean­time the fence will be left alone ‘‘un­til it reaches that tip­ping point as it’s ob­vi­ously some­thing peo­ple pas­sion­ate about’’.

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Pho­tos: JESS ETHERIDGE

Lovely ges­ture: Auck­land cou­ples have pub­licly dis­played their af­fec­tion by at­tach­ing love locks to a fence at down­town Auck­land’s Silo Park.

Photo: REUTERS

French ver­sion: The Pont des Arts pedes­trian bridge in Paris is over­loaded with love locks.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to learn more about the Pont des Arts love locks bridge.

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