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The man behind LA's very own 'love lock' bridge




'Love locks' clipped to a bridge over the L.A. River in Atwater Village.
'Love locks' clipped to a bridge over the L.A. River in Atwater Village.
Billy V. Vaughn

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Couples visiting Paris, the ultimate city of l'amour, have long left a permanent display of their affection on the Pont des Arts footbridge.

Star-crossed lovers put their names on padlocks, clip them to the 'love lock' bridge, and throw the key into the river Seine as a symbol of their eternal love.

That is, until this week.

Paris officials are removing the estimated one million love locks because of concerns about damage to the historic bridge and potential safety hazards.

But the tradition isn't limited to Paris. Similar bridges exist all over the world, including here in Los Angeles.

Billy Vaughn and his husband put the first two locks on a bridge over the L.A. River in Atwater Village in 2013, and it's taken off with other couples since then.

Vaughn joined Take Two to talk about importing the 'love lock' tradition to L.A.

Want to make your own addition to L.A.'s 'love lock' bridge? It's located between Los Feliz Blvd. and the Hyperion Bridge, off the west end of Sunnynook Drive in Atwater Village.