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The Los Angeles Watts Towers

Author: Bud Goldstone; Arloa Paquin Goldstone
Publisher: Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute : J. Paul Getty Museum, ©1997.
Series: Conservation and cultural heritage.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia are one of the unique treasures of Los Angeles and the product of one man's obsession. Rodia, a poor Italian immigrant, settled in a sleepy railway junction south of downtown in 1921 and spent the next thirty-four years single-handedly assembling a frenzy of shapes and color. Rising to one hundred feet, the towers were built without machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Goldstone, Bud, 1926-
Angeles Watts Towers.
Los Angeles : Getty Conservation Institute : J. Paul Getty Museum, ©1997
(OCoLC)605175472
Named Person: Simon Rodia; Simon Rodia
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bud Goldstone; Arloa Paquin Goldstone
ISBN: 0892364912 9780892364916
OCLC Number: 37239043
Description: 116 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 26 cm.
Contents: What are they? --
The life of the artist --
Building techniques --
Adorning the Towers --
Watts --
Saving the Towers --
Once in a million years.
Series Title: Conservation and cultural heritage.
Other Titles: Watts Towers
Responsibility: Bud Goldstone and Arloa Paquin Goldstone.
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"The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia are one of the unique treasures of Los Angeles and the product of one man's obsession. Rodia, a poor Italian immigrant, settled in a sleepy railway junction south of downtown in 1921 and spent the next thirty-four years single-handedly assembling a frenzy of shapes and color. Rising to one hundred feet, the towers were built without machine equipment, scaffolding, bolts, rivets, welds - or plans!" "Bud Goldstone, who knew Rodia personally, and Arloa Paquin Goldstone have worked to preserve the towers since 1959. They tell the exciting story of how the towers were first rescued from demolition by the City of Los Angeles itself and then saved from natural and man-made disasters. They present new biographical information about Rodia and his innovative techniques and discuss the towers as art, as architecture, and as a singular expression of urban culture in Southern California."--Jacket.

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