The Butchers’ Bridge (Mesarski most) is one that Jože Plečnik, the legendary municipal architect of Ljubljana, had dreamed of, but never lived to see it. He dreamed of a monumental roofed bridge, something alike umbilicus of the city market, almost a temple.
Today’s bridge feels lightewigt. It’s artistic moment is crystalized in Jakov Brdar’s sculptures, some of them big and beast-like, while others are subtile echoes of a genius. But the passion of the bridge is locked in the locks. Lovelocks. Those that regular people hang on the wires. Some see this as vulgar gestures of exhibitionism, while others see love.
Judge for yourself!