Lucky locksmiths in Cologne are doing a roaring trade in engraved padlocks. Couples lock them onto the Hohenzollern Bridge then toss the key into the Rhine. From the bank of the river the fence along the length of the bridge appears glittering gold. I’ve never seen anything like it before, although apparently love padlocks adorn fences all over the world. It looks beautiful, and I like the idea of spontaneous collaborative art work, but I can’t help but wonder what will be the environmental impact of all that metal being produced and then abandoned.
Other quirky things I saw on holiday in Cologne: a cheeky carving on the town hall – see Abi King’s post on Cologne’s Secret Streak – and a terrifying mechanical musical duo in Papa Joe’s. You put your euro in the slot, select a song, and these two chaps behind the bar play it for you. I’m not all that keen on dolls or dummies or anything that looks human but isn’t. It was creepy enough having the guy on the left leer at me and shake his head while playing the accordion, so when he stood up, I nearly ran out the door screaming.