Paris love locks cause fencing to tumble

PARIS - The thousands of locks that cling like barnacles to the Pont des Arts in Paris have become a symbol of danger, rather than love, after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.

The fencing tumbled last week on the pedestrian bridge, which crosses the Seine. Thousands of couples have latched padlocks to the bridge and thrown their keys into the river as symbols of lasting love, resulting in what some decry as an eyesore. The locks are periodically removed by the city, but spring up ever faster.

Deputy mayor Bruno Julliard said the city was already soliciting suggestions from artists on what to do to the locks when the fencing collapsed.

Officials are hoping to persuade visiting lovers to show their undying affection in less disruptive ways.

NYC exhibit features self-taught artists

NEW YORK - New York's American Folk Art Museum is celebrating the creativity of artists with no formal training.

A wide-ranging exhibition called "Self-Taught Genius" runs through Aug. 17 in New York. Then it will travel to six other cities through early 2017.

It features 100 works dating from the mid-18th century to the present.

The paintings, quilts, ceramics, textiles, duck decoys and weather vanes were produced by often-overlooked artists from all walks of life.

The exhibit will travel to the Figg Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; Mingei International Museum in San Diego, California; and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas.

Poe Museum in Va. acquires sculpture

RICHMOND, Va. - The Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond has acquired a life-size statue of the famed writer produced in 1857.

The sculpture by artist Charles Rudy depicts a seated Poe holding a pen and paper. It is the plaster model for the bronze statue now in the Virginia State Capitol Square.

Officials say it is the first full-length sculpture to enter the museum.

The sculpture is currently being conserved in preparation for its first public exhibition in the exhibit Poe 3-D.

The exhibit that opens June 26 also will feature busts of Poe by George Julian Zolnay, Edmund Quinn and others. It will run through Oct. 19.

Associated Press