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Sous les pavés, la plage! [Jul. 3rd, 2014|12:16 pm]

Seen on Framwelgate Bridge yesterday, a sand sculptor hard at work on a slightly cartoony dog: he had, of course, brought the sand with him (did he pack it up and take it away afterwards? I don't know).

And, also from the department of 'If it happens anywhere, it must happen everywhere', padlocks are beginning to appear on Pennyferry footbridge. The one tucked discreetly behind one of the struts may have been there a little while, but the garland dangling from the middle of the bridge is new. Not yet an epidemic on the scale of the Pont des Arts, fortunately.

[User Picture]From: asakiyume
2014-07-03 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was going to echo the thing about the padlock meme being kind of cool--kind of neat to witness the birth of something and then its spread--but when it gets taken over by commerce, then that's too bad.

Makes me think about roadside shrines to accident victims, in this country. It can be a simple wooden cross or it can involve plastic flowers or toys or other items. It's not a universally done thing, but it happens fairly frequently, and it's something that's definitely not commercialized--maybe because it involves death?
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2014-07-03 08:39 pm (UTC)
The thing that interests me about the roadside shrines (and the slightly different shrines in places the person loved) is that remembering the dead has moved out of the cemetery.

It's not entirely uncommercial - people leave posies of flowers, but they are bought flowers, gradually fading inside their cellophane wrapping (which I find sadder than just loose flowers left to wither, but don't ask me why...
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