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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: 'Love locks' are viewed on the Brooklyn Bridge, one of thousands that have been placed along the bridge recently on February 13, 2013 in New York City.

The phenomenon has gained followers in recent years as couples seek to publicly mark weddings, engagements, and anniversaries in a permanent way.

Besides New York, 'love locks' can be found on public monuments and bridges in Venice, St. Petersburg and Paris amongst other cities.

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