On your way from the Louvre over to the Orsay Museum, how could one want to symbolize love with a padlock? After having seen a thousand art works all reminding us that love is art, that it symbolizes creation, soaring spirit, inventiveness, how could one represent it by a padlock? That symbol of ownership, imprisonment, of fear? SNAP, I lock you ! Trapped. Into the Seine, romanticism and freedom ! New lovers dream of security.
– Philippe Graton