Friday, October 7, 2011

Watts Towers: Nuestro Pueblo

        I trekked it out to South Central to see the Watts Towers, an inspiring work by Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant who designed and built his own personal Sagrada Familia of mortar and steel, adorned by found objects: seashells, soda bottles, cracked tiles, porcelain, and geodes.

        The mortar is meticulously embellished with hand-set impressions of his own tools or other patterns.

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