- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A sagging fence in Portland adorned with locks intended as expressions of love is going to be replaced by a new fence that will double as a piece of public art.

The “Love Locks” fence is located in the city’s busy waterfront commercial area and it was deemed a public safety hazard in July. Officials say it is collapsing under the weight of hundreds of padlocks left by soul mates.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2cLqg1d ) reports the city has commissioned Geoff Herguth Design to fashion a 40-foot-long replacement fence that will discourage people from leaving padlocks.

Herguth says the new “wave fence” will consist of steel pipe rails formed in a gentle wave pattern. It will range from five to seven feet tall and will include a large anchor.

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