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The Los Angeles Watts Towers

The Los Angeles Watts Towers

by Bud Goldstone (Author), Arloa Paquin Goldstone (Author)


The Watts Towers of Los Angeles are a collection of 17 sculptures, adorned with a mosaic of broken glass, shells, pottery and tiles. Built over a period of 33 years by one man - Italian immigrant, Simon Rodia - they eventually grew to three gigantic spires, two walls, several smaller towers, a gazebo and a patio. The tallest tower is just under 100 feet, yet the entire construction was built without bolts, rivets or welds. Designated Cultural Heritage Monuments by the City of Los Angeles, since 1986 they have been the subject of a conservation effort involving city employees, the Getty Conservation Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Variously labelled over the years as idiosyncratic folk art, caprice and fine art, the Watts Towers continue to amaze. This volume recounts the story of the work of Simon Rodia, as well as the history of the Watts district itself. Chapters discuss Rodia's building techniques and materials, as well as the preservation efforts underway at the site. Bud Goldstone has been involved in the conservation of Watts Towers since 1959, in his capacity as a professional engineer.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 120
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Published: 17 Nov 1997

ISBN 10: 0500280169
ISBN 13: 9780500280164