Padlocks along the Brooklyn Bridge

It’s safe to assume I did a lot of walking while I was in New York. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge was fun despite the biting cold. Along the way, my girlfriend showed me something extremely sentimental and unique to the Bridge – padlocks. Apparently, these locks were hung by lovers devoting eternal and unconditional love (according to Roman tradition) and tossing the key into the river. You can read an article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle here about the locks. Here are my photos of the lock (love) ritual on the bridge. Enjoy!

First padlock...
The only fire engine red padlock on the bridge
Two locks together?
This lock was a bit lower on the fencing. Perhaps, to deter from removal.
So simple but these locks make me wonder the stories behind them...
What is David's story? Hmmm, a few days before Valentine's Day 2011...
Johanna loves Sebastian | Sebastian loves Johanna
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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos is a writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research areas and interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, networked culture, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently the managing editor for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and Public Art Dialogue. She has lectured and spoken at the De Young museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” has been published to The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture in 2016. She serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center, and teaches at the University of California, Santa Cruz in the Digital Art and New Media department.

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