By Deb Flomberg
If you are looking for a shorter drive, but one that is certainly no less memorable, try hopping in your car and taking a trip to the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia. This collection of 17 different structures sits in the neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, and it has been a source of pride for the neighborhood, bringing attention from all over the world since they were completed in 1954. They are a stunning achievement in architecture and art, one that has been the subject of films, books and art experts from all over. And you can visit and tour this impressive piece of artwork that lives right in your own backyard.
The Towers were built by Simon Rodia, an Italian American immigrant that had been living in the California area where he worked as a construction worker. In 1921 Rodia began building his masterpiece, calling it “Nuestra Pueblo,” which means “our town.” For 34 years Rodia worked on the structure by hand and alone, without any major equipment, and using found objects, discarded trash and donated materials. When asked about the structure, Rodia simply explained, “I had it in mind to do something big and I did it.” And it was quite big. The tallest of the towers reaches a height of 99 feet, and it is the longest slender reinforced concrete column in the world.
As you are out for your drive, consider a visit to Watts Towers. You can get a guided tour Thursday through Sunday before 3 p.m. where you can learn all about the facts and folklore that surround this historic piece of art. Bring your camera, and head off for a sunny morning drive in your C300 4Matic Luxury Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll have a truly comfortable and luxurious trip as you make your way to visit one of the most beloved pieces of art in the state and perhaps even the country.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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