Watts Tower

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Watts Towers in South Central LA. The towers were built, piece by piece, by an Italian immigrant in the early 1900s. He made the towers out of rebar he bent himself, his own mix of concrete, and bits and pieces of bottles and broken dishes that he found in the neighborhood. The structure points east, toward Italy, and is built in the shape of the ship that brought him to America. The towers represent both the masts of the ship and a series of towers in the main plaza of the town in Italy where he was from. He finished the project in 1959, after 33 years of working on it every day after his job.

The city of Los Angeles immediately tried to tear it down but the citizens of Watts organized and had the towers saved. They are now an historical landmark. Next time you find yourself in LA, I highly recommend you check them out.

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Watts Towers Arts Center
1727 E 107th St
Los Angeles, CA 90002

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