Love Locks

Serve Daily - - INSIDE - By Megan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

SALEM — Paris is known as the city of love, but plac­ing "Love Locks", a pop­u­lar tra­di­tion for those vis­it­ing the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, has spread across the US and made it's way to Salem Pond.

The tra­di­tion is said to stem from a cus­tom in an­cient China. A cou­ple places a pad­lock on a chain, fence or gate, then throws the key into the river, sym­bol­i­cally lock­ing their love for­ever.

In 2013, an in­stal­la­tion made es­pe­cially for plac­ing Love Locks, called a Lovescape, was placed at Salem Pond. Since then, sev­eral locks have been placed, but the prac­tice still seems mostly a lovers' se­cret.

A search for Lovescapes in Utah turned up only two oth­ers in Utah, one in St. George and one in Zion's Na­tional Park.

Since 2008, the prac­tice of plac­ing love locks has spread quickly across the world. In some lo­ca­tions, the plac­ing love locks is seen as a pub­lic nui­sance and be­cause of the ex­tra weight, love locks are no longer al­lowed on many bridges.

The Lovescape at Salem Pond was made specif­i­cally for the locks and the city parks depart­ment does not cut them off.

If you're look­ing for some­thing spe­cial this Valen­tine's Day, con­sider plac­ing a love lock with your true love at Salem Pond.

Photo: Chris Gibbs

Love locks at Salem pond frame a win­ter scene.

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