Watts Towers & Art Center
The Watts Towers consist of seventeen major sculptures constructed of structural steel and covered with mortar, which are the work of one man - Simon Rodia. For 34 years, Rodia worked single-handedly to build his towers without benefit of machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds or drawing board designs. Besides his own ingenuity, he used simple tools, pipe fitter pliers and a window-washer's belt and buckle. Construction worker by day and artist by night, Rodia adorned his towers with a diverse mosaic of broken glass, sea shells, generic pottery and tile, a rare piece of 19th-century, hand painted Canton ware and many pieces of 20th-century American ceramics.
Open daily - except closed to the public Mon & Tues, but Towers Structure can still be viewed as the structure is 'outdoors'.
Tours: Thurs, Fri, 11-3, Sat 10:30-3, Sun 12-3
Seniors & Children 13-17: $3
Children 12 & under: Free
Tel: (213) 847-4646