Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Things to do in Los Angeles: The Watts Towers

Photos from my family's visit to the Watts Towers:

This took 33 years for one person, Simon Rodia, to build all by himself.

At a distance both my brother and I thought it was far less colorful than we had expected. But up close we realized it was made up of many pieces of shell, colored tiles, broken bottles, etc. Beautiful!

Really VERY amazing artwork by someone obsessed with doing something to be remembered. And here is the obsessed gentleman (an immigrant, something too often reviled these days) who contributed to the cultural scene of a poor area of Los Angeles:

The Watts Towers are well worth visiting, as is the neighboring museum (Free) where you can hear the story of the man who built the Towers and see works from local artists.

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