“An Object Called Art”: Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

My latest piece for the Getty Iris examines the history and cultural significance of one of L.A.’s most iconic sites, Watts Towers.

Watts Towers have a near-mythic origin story. Built by one man—using only his two hands and the simplest of tools—over the course of 33 years, the towers are a monument to ingenuity, artistic vision, and the sheer force of physical labor. But they also represent more than the story of their fabled creation. The towers tell stories tied to the history of immigration, the neighborhood, and the cultural life of the surrounding community.

Read the full article here.

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