The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France (seen here in the background) and the central square of the Palais du Louvre, which had been termed the "Palais des Arts" under the First French Empire.
Between 1802 and 1804, under the reign of Napoleon I, a nine-arch metallic bridge for pedestrians was constructed at the location of the present day Pont des Arts: this was the first metal bridge in Paris. The engineers Louis-Alexandre de Cessart and Jacques Dillon initially conceived of a bridge which would resemble a suspended garden, with trees, banks of flowers, and benches.
In 1976, the Inspector of Bridges and Causeways (Ponts et Chaussées) reported several deficiencies on the bridge. More specifically, he noted the damage that had been caused by two aerial bombardments sustained during World War I and World War II and the harm done from the multiple collisions caused by boats. The bridge was closed in 1977 and, in 1979, suffered a 60 metre collapse after a barge rammed into it.
The present bridge was built between 1981 and 1984 "identically" according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven, allowing the look of the old bridge to be preserved while realigning the new structure with the Pont Neuf. On 27 June 1984, the newly reconstructed bridge was inaugurated by Jacques Chirac, then the mayor of Paris.
The bridge has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, and is today a studio en plein air for painters, artists and photographers who are drawn to its unique point of view. The Pont des Arts is also frequently a spot for picnics during the summer.
In recent years, many tourist couples have taken to attaching padlocks with their first names written or engraved on it to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture said to represent a couple's committed love. The City of Paris has not yet adopted a definitive policy on how to deal with this new fad. The French police have been known to patrol this bridge to stop keys from being thrown into the river.
At the time of my visit part of the railing had collapsed under the weight of the padlocks and had been taped off. This did not seem to deter people from adding new ones; indeed there was at least one man on the bridge selling them!
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dkmurphys (50008) 2014-04-03 0:12
Very beautiful atmosphere along the bridge. One of the iconic places of Paris. Good catch!
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-04-03 0:13
Great Pov, on this bridge for lovers looking on to this super Institut de France.
The man sitting on the end of the bench with the colourful suitcase looks odd, his he one of those guys dressed in silver who just stand so still until some one gives them some money, perhaps he is having a rest.
So much to view and admire, Tfs,
Bad pollution day here yesterday smog, Sahara sand pushing our pollution down. Modern times hey or not, back to how it was in London in the fifty's.
rbassin (18471) 2014-04-03 0:31
une bonne vue centrale,avec une belle perspective amenant le regard jusqu'au bâtiment central.
Animation agréable, et architecture intéressante.
carlo62 (33779) 2014-04-03 1:11
splendida vista e fantastici i personaggi che riempiono la scena.
C'è un vero assortimento di persone con uno sfondo bellissimo.
Mi piace molto questa foto.
jurek1951 (42158) 2014-04-03 1:45
great view, this is a superb photo of this famous bridge, the composition is spectacular, beautiful lights and details,
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2014-04-03 2:34
beautiful architecture here. Like your presentation with those people in front of it which made your shot so lively. Excellent one indeed. Tfs.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-04-03 3:15
Excellent framing.The symmetry comes out wonderfully.
Great POV. Soft light too.
williewhistler (14607) 2014-04-03 3:41
you have taken full advantage of the light to get the exposure just right allowing us to enjoy all of the lovely architectural features of the buildings as well as the well wrapped up people in the square.
The symmetry works very well in a strong composition.
Fis2 (86267) 2014-04-03 3:55
Good frame and symetry.
I like colors and light.
Curious scene from daily life.
Have a nice afternoon
Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-03 5:06
un'altra bella foto di Parigi e mi sembra di vedere che anche qui sono molto di moda i lucchetti dell'amore alle balaustre del ponte.
Anche se la giornata era grigia i colori sono stati resi in maniera eccellente in un ambiente di nitidezza di grande livello.
Ottima anche la composizione che valorizza ottimamente il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata
Sergiom (61092) 2014-04-03 5:22
Un superbe point de vue et un cadrage très symétrique. J'aime beaucoup l'animation sur ce pont. Le temps semble un peu frais pour le mois de mars et les nuages gris apportent une belle touche tristounette à l'image.
Nicou (123190) 2014-04-03 5:27
Avec le pont de bois et ces personnages qui donnent l'animaiton quelle vue et iamge quelle coupole et ocmpo sueprbe architecture parisienne avec des dorures qui ressortent.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49280) 2014-04-03 5:53
classic Parisienne architecture and captured superbly. Love the enticing composition and sense of scale here too. Magnificent!
Regards - B.
Sonata11 (33283) 2014-04-03 7:15
Hello Stephen, very beautiful composition with those pedestrian against the impressive architecture. Lovely colors, sharpness, perfect clarity of fabulous details. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
All the best, Barbara
Cricri (107244) 2014-04-03 9:35
Un cadrage centré qui fonctionne parfaitement, belle architecture sous le ciel gris, beaucoup de détails, de vie et intéressant de voir tout ces cadenas de l'amour attacher au pont, belle présentation
Didi (57256) 2014-04-03 9:40
You had a closer position than me I was there two years ago
Interesting symetric composition
Noel_Byrne (24850) 2014-04-03 12:16
it makes me laugh to think in a thousand years archeologists will uncover all these keys and wonder what the hell went on here! I must say, the locks actually look really well here. I know opinion is divided on them, and when I saw some on Dublins Hapenny bridge I thought they looked awful, but perhaps that was because they were so scattered, as the council remove them frequently. Here, it makes a solid fence of true love (corny or what!!) but it looks excellent, and makes such a frame to the path leading to this wonderful building.
Very cool scene and a lovely sky too.
All the best
pierrefonds (57487) 2014-04-03 17:10
La présence des gens ajoute de la vie à la scène. La longueur du pont donne de la profondeur à l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'Institut de France. La bonne luminosité donne d belles teintes aux couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-03 20:30
Belle prise de vue du Pont des Arts et de l'Institut de France. Le cadrage permet de bien voir les deux rampes avec les cadenas d'amour. La présence des gens donnent de la vie à l'image. Bien fait.
fabbs99 (16475) 2014-04-03 23:55
Great view of the Pont des Arts.Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness.Very well done. TFS.
macjake (57074) 2014-04-04 7:42
perfect compo here, symmetrical qnd very well balanced. Its so easy and pleasing on the eyes. Excellent subject and i enjoy all the people creating atmosphere too. Nice shot.
Silvio1953 (123515) 2014-04-04 11:40
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with a lot of people, great perspective, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
ourania (32049) 2014-05-24 6:16
a very interesting place, a well known sight of Paris, it's become familiar to me through postings of friends on TE. Your composition is classic, features superb details and has inviting depth. The atmosphere is subdued and quiet but the sky makes the view look somehow dramatic. It's interesting to see how the people arranged themselves at the time of your capture, creating their own kind of symmetry:) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great afternoon,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (84847)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-02 23:51