Watts Towers / Nuestro Pueblo (Ship's Sail)

Simon Rodia1921/1954

Public Art in Public Places

Public Art in Public Places
California, United States

(Detail: Ship's Sail)
The Watts Towers, called “Nuestro Pueblo” ("Our Village" in Spanish) by the artist, is a single wedge-shaped site containing 17 integrated sculptural metal and concrete towers ranging up to 99.5 feet high (30 m), various architectural and sculptural features, and mosaic panels and pavement. The structures and features are inlaid and embellished with salvaged ceramic, porcelain, glass, and rock fragments and “found objects.” The site was built by hand over a 33-year period.


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