Saving the Watts Towers by Simon Rodia in Los Angeles

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In spite of being one of the most unique works of art, the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia are on The Cultural Landscape Foundation's Landslide list of threatened and at-risk landscapes and landscape features. Built by the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia between 1921 to 1955, the Watts Towers site in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles features three main towers and seven other sculptures that he constructed using salvaged steel, wire mesh, cement and a range of found and donated objects such as broken glass, seashells, generic pottery and tile, and many pieces of twentieth century American ceramics. In this video we meet up with Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Conservation Center of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), who provides us with an introduction to Simon Rodia's Watts Towers: the man behind the monument, the construction of the towers and their artistic value. Specifically he talks about the restoration and conservation efforts: the analysis, the challenges, the solutions. Finally he tells us why the Watts Towers should be preserved, what it takes to save them, and how you can help.
The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia in Los Angeles. Interview with Dr. Frank Preusser, Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Los Angeles, November 5, 2014.
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