Napoleon's final battle is in its final throes, and it looks like it will be a victory. The love locks on Paris's Pont des Arts Bridge, which Napoleon commissioned in 1807 are now scheduled to be removed when the bridge is closed next week.
“It's about time,” says Paris Bridge Photographer Gary Zuercher, “The problems of the locks has become an urban nuisance and they are defacing some of the most beautiful architecture in the world.” How long would we as American tolerate thousands of ‘love locks’ on our national monuments, say at the Golden Gate Bridge or at Gettysburg? Not long.”
Love Locks are padlocks that ‘lovers’ attach to bridges, then the key is tossed into the Seine River to embody their affection. Now Paris is fed up and will remove the locks.
The thin grates of the Pont des Arts and the Pont de l’Archevêché, near Notre Dame Cathedral, made them particularly appealing for expressions of love. But the lovelock phenomenon on other bridges may be running into some resistance too.
After the Pont des Arts, the city hall staff will rip off the padlocks from other bridges where they represent a risk.
Zuercher spent five years photographing the bridges of Paris at night and another year in historical research for his book.
The Glow of Paris: The Bridges of Paris at Night is an electric collection of extraordinary gelatin-silver photographic prints of the 35 bridges of Paris – nighttime images that are breathtaking.
The London Book Festival and The Los Angeles Book Festival recently proclaimed his book The Glow of Paris- The Bridges of Paris at Night one of the best books in the photography/art category in the 2015 competitions. This week in NYC, the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) bestowed a Gold Medal First Place award.
These awards come on the heels of the accolades by Kirkus Reviews who called The Glow of Paris one of “Nine Best Books Out This Week.” (Jan 20) and named it “This Week's Book to Discover.” (May 14) Kirkus further stated:
“A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore.”
— Kirkus Reviews
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