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Lovelorn over proposal to move love locks off canal structure

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For eight years Michael Johnson, 65, has enjoyed photographing the love locks attached to railings on the canal water control structure of the Augusta Canal.

Sculptor Daniel Moore's concept of what his art installation would look like at the Savannah Rapids Park. Visitors would be able to secure...

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  1. If you look up problems with locks on bridges, you’ll find many articles of how out-of-hand and dangerous this can become. These prevent proper maintenance and add weight to the structure that was not engineered to handle. Railings have collapsed, corrosion, rusting, peeling and rubbing has caused its own problems. The train bridge in Cologne, Germany has an estimated 40,000 locks at over 2 tons and officials are planning to remove them. Paris officials have removed 45 tons of locks from various places in the city, since 2015. Some countries have laws about where a lock can be placed while others have built designated places for them. Then there’s the, ‘throwing the key in the river’ problem; fish will eat them and die, they will flow downriver and create issues with water locks, dam’s and more, some will corrode, tainting the water with its own problem’s. Some city’s are having to dredge the river floor to remove them. If this ‘art’ helps to prevent such problems here, then go for it, or create other structures (as some cities have) for that purpose. Or might we suggest finding another way of showing your Love. Oh, and if your ‘Love’ doesn’t last forever, does the lock get removed and by whom? But the key is gone; what to do?

  2. I guess giving your special person a ring as a sign of commitment is passe. If your word is not your bond or wedding vows won’t keep you committed to a relationship, will a $5 lock do it? If you’re going the love-lock route, make and keep a copy of the keys so when your special person dumps you, at least you’ll have a working lock to put on your bike, toolbox, or fence gate.

  3. This is the classic case of something that started out as a cutesy thing a few years back but has now turned into an absolute eyesore. The sculpture will at least allow the “romantics” a place without compromising the integrity of the actual lock structure.

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