Cover image for The Los Angeles Watts Towers
Title:
The Los Angeles Watts Towers
Author:
Goldstone, Bud, 1926-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute : J. Paul Getty Museum, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
116 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780892364916
Format :
Book

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Central Library NA2930 .G65 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

The Watts Towers, located in south-central Los Angeles, are the monumental work of one man: Simon Rodia. Born in Ribottoli, Italy c. 1879, Rodia immigrated to the U.S. when he was about fifteen. In 1921, he purchased a triangular-shaped lot at the end of a dead-end L.A. street and over the next thirty years he worked single-handedly--without machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds, or drawing-board designs--to build the nine sculptures that constitute the Watts Towers.

This book recounts the story of Rodia and his creation, as well as the considerable history of the Watts area itself. Other chapters discuss Rodia's building techniques and materials, as well as the conservation efforts underway at the site. Visitors to the Towers and the armchair traveler alike will enjoy this in-depth look at Rodia and his singular creation.


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