Creating Waves of Awareness
Love Locks, a modern tradition which seem to appear places around the world from many bridges and cities in Italy, London, Paris, Taiwan, South Korea and other places in Asia for a few years now was inspired by the novel Ho Voglia De Te (I Want You) by Federico Moccia
This short film illustrates the ritual of the locks on Ponte Milvio, one of the oldest bridges in Rome.
The locks can be found covering street lamps, poles and trees. The locks rust and cause damage to ancient structures, walls and bridges. Street lamps are weighed down to tumbling over. The keys thrown into water-ways pollute the rivers with metal.
The lovers, young and old, consider this new ritual a public display of their unbreakable love. People carved their names on the locks and then throw the key away. Both local community members and visitors participate.
I think about throwing coins in water fountains, but those can be cleaned out and fish and plants do not live in the fountains.
Do you consider this healthy for the towns? Would you put an ordinance taking away the right of people to make love locks?
What solutions can you think of to solve this problem? Why do people have a need to demonstrate their love in this way?