Watts Towers is one of the great local landmarks in Los Angeles. Created by construction worker Simon Rodia over a period of ... More
Watts Towers is one of the great local landmarks in Los Angeles. Created by construction worker Simon Rodia over a period of three decades from 1921 to 1954, the monument consists of scrap metal, pipe structures, bed frames and thousands of seashells. While Rodia's resourcefulness is amazing, this is truly an impressive piece of work for any artist, given its 17 isolated units of sculpture. The neighborhood of Watts, although a culturally enriched area, was the site of riots in both 1965 and 1992 and should be carefully navigated after dark even to this day. Call for more details.
Impressive structure and history. I had a preconceived notion of who built it and why. It's worth a stop to read the history on the fence up close and personal. Lots of surprising info...don't want to spoil the surprise by revealing "stuff" here.
The creator of the tower used ordinary objects such as broken plates and glasses and an enormous amount of time to create a mosaic tower. Even if the artist's vision is not to your taste you have to be impressed with the degree of creativity and dedication. This is not glitzy or Hollywood-like at all - it is the work of an extraordinary neighborhood artist - so makes a nice break from the glamor and excitement of the other most typical tourist destinations in Los Angeles.