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The Los Angeles Watts Towers (Conservation and Cultural Heritage)by Bud Goldstone
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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.
Book News Annotation:
The Watts Towers, located in South-Central Los Angeles, are the monumental work of one man, Simon Rodia. One of only four National Historic Landmarks in Los Angeles, they are the subject of a joint conservation effort by the Getty Conservation Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Drawing on previously unpublished biographical information, this historical documentary recounts the personal story of the elusive builder until his 1965 death, and provides a detailed look at the Towers themselves. Abundantly illustrated with color photos.
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In an accessible format, this series provides an in-depth exploration of the significance and conservation of important cultural sites throughout the world.
Recounts the story of the Watts Towers and their creator, Simon Rodia, and discusses the towers as art, as architecture, and as a singular expression of urban culture in southern California.
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