Parisian Padlocks

Padlocks on the Pont des Arts. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt

Padlocks on the Pont des Arts. Photos: Brooke Rosenblatt

The museum’s recent School of Paris installation and our upcoming Art and Romance Soirée got me nostalgic for a place in Paris. The location: the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge that connects the Louvre to the Institut de France (where the Academy of Fine Arts is housed). The logic: the love padlocks.

If you haven’t seen one of these bridges in person, it’s quite a sight. Couples from around the world visit the bridge, attach padlocks with their initials and throw the keys to the locks into the Seine. Have a look at some my recent pictures above.

Though I love this place, I have heard some people just find it (and other padlock bridges) ugly! Additionally, the weight from the padlocks causes damage to the bridge. According to this article on the history of the phenomenon, one grate can have up to 330 pounds of padlocks on them! And this pic from TripAdvisor gives you a firsthand look at what all that weight can do!

Art and Life, part two: Lunch with Xavier Veilhan

Earlier today I shared photos from my visit with Antony Gormley. On that same trip, I also went to Paris to visit Xavier Veilhan who will be doing the most elaborate Intersections project so far, opening on November 3, including sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Besides making art (in photos below, his new dripping paintings just for the Phillips), he makes really good food and starts from scratch–purely “bio” as they say in France, meaning organic: risotto with truffles.

O-la-la, there is more to art: simple pleasures of life. Bon Appétit.

Vesela Sretenovic, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Photos: Vesela Sretenovic