"Watts Towers" (1921-1954) by Sabato (Simon) Rodia

(also known as "Nuestro Pueblo")

DESCRIPTION:  The Watts Towers consist of a single wedge-shaped site containing 17 integrated sculptural metal and concrete towers ranging up to 99.5 feet high (30m), various architectural and sculptural features, and mosaic panels and pavement.  The structures and features are inlaid and embedded with salvaged ceramic, porcelain, glass, shell, and rock fragments and "found objects" and artifacts.  
 
COMMENT:  The Watts Towers were called "Nuestro Pueblo" ("Our Village" in Spanish) by Rodia. Built alone and by hand over a 33-year period, the entire site of Simon Rodia's residence, towers, sculptures and mosaics is classified as a National Historic Landmark, a California Historical Landmark, and a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.  It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Wikipedia
Additional information and images of specific components (towers, spires, house and "pueblo" entrances, cactus garden sculpture, fountain sculpture, gazebo, ceremonial steps, and exterior mosaic panels) are featured in the following Google Arts & Culture exhibits: 
Watts Towers - Part 1: Rodia's Ship
Watts Towers - Part 2: Rodia's Pueblo 

THE PUBLIC ART (selected features):
© Public Art in Public Places Project 

© Public Art in Public Places Project 

Detail (artist's initials)

© Public Art in Public Places Project

THE PUBLIC PLACE:
© Public Art in Public Places Project


LOCATION:  Watts Towers of Simon Rodia State 
Historic Park (adjacent to the Watts Towers Arts Center), 
1765 East 107th Street, Watts, Los Angeles, CA

Public tours outside the gates are provided by the nearby Watts Towers Arts Center
Public tours inside the gates were suspended in 2017 for approx. three years to accommodate extensive renovations by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.