The Watts Towers, Towers of Simon Rodia, or Nuestro Pueblo ("our town" in Spanish) are a collection of 17 interconnected sculptural towers, architectural structures, and individual sculptural features and mosaics within the site of the artist's original residential property in Watts, Los Angeles, California, United States.
The Watts Towers are more remarkable when you know they were the vision of one man, an Italian immigrant who worked - with no outside help and only the most elemental tools - nearly every day for 34 years to build a monument at once impenetrably personal and joyously communal. Simon Rodia at Watts Towers | Photo courtesy of Alchetron The Backstory
The Official Website of the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus. Home of the Architectural Sculpture created by Simon Rodia
1. “Flashing Spires Built as Hobby. One constructed by Watts Resident rises to Height of 100 Feet.” — Headline of the first Times story about the towers on Oct. 13, 1937. The six-paragraph...
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The Watts Towers structure, consisting of seventeen major sculptures was created by Italian immigrant Sabato “Simon” Rodia out of steel covered with mortar and embellished by the decorative finishings of mosaic tiles, glass, clay, shells and rock. There is no welded inner armature.
ADDRESS Watts Towers Youth Arts Center 1727 East 107th Street Los Angeles, CA 90002 CONTACT Watts Towers Arts Center Phone: 213-847-4646 Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center Phone: 323-566-1410 WEBSITE www.wattstowers.org HOURS Wed - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM PARKING Off-street parking, lot available
The Watts Towers in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, are a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 99 feet (30 m). The Towers were built...
One of Los Angeles ’ most significant cultural landmarks, Simon Rodia ’s monumental Watts Towers sculpture, finally re-opened last month after a five-year multimillion-dollar restoration effort spearheaded by LACMA.