I spent my early childhood in Los Angeles and I have very fond memories of it to this day. Long days visiting the beach, the art museum, the la brea tar pits, olvera street and a personal favorite, watts towers. I don't remember when I first visited them but it remains one of the most magical places I've ever been in my life. Talk about a dimensional, vibrant collage not to mention a spectacular, engineering feat! But it's the story behind its creation that gives watts towers its deepest meaning and spirit. "The Watts Towers are a complex set of 17 separate sculptural pieces built on a residential lot in the community of Watts. Two of the towers rise to a height of nearly 100 feet. The sculptures are constructed from steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire mesh, coated with mortar, and embedded with pieces of porcelain, tile and glass. Using simple hand tools and cast off materials (broken glass, sea shells, generic pottery and ceramic tile) Italian immigrant, simon rodia spent 30 years (1921 to 1955) building a tribute to his adopted country and a monument to the spirit of individuals who make their dreams tangible."
I love that a place like this got made. I love the aesthetic of all the broken pottery and tiles and shells and rocks and impressions of tools and gears and horse shoes. What an exuberant expression of love. What a utter masterpiece! What a joy!
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