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