PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It all began in Paris, the city of love.
Husbands, wives and lovers write their names on locks, attached to a bridge, and then throw the keys into the river Seine.
Now, the Schenley Park Bridge in Oakland is taking on the look of love with numerous locks attached to a sidewalk fence.
But instead of throwing the keys into a river, apparently they toss them down into Panther Hollow.
Pitt student Greg Maranowski says proximity to the Oakland campus has something to do with it.
“You see how many people are dating at Pitt and it’s really interesting to walk by every day,” he said.
Adjunct professor Shawn Alfonso Wells says the sidewalk barrier is a popular spot for such displays.
“They do art here all the time,” she says, “but as to a specific purpose, I’m not sure.”
Pitt professor Scott Kiesling and his girlfriend had a specific purpose for adding a lock to the collection.
“It’s actually a combination one, which I didn’t know when I bought it,” he admits. “So what we did is, we each chose half of it, and we both probably forgot it, so we have no way of getting it off.”