Watts Towers, Los Angeles
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
The Watts Towers Arts Center campus includes the Watts Towers, the Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center that offersguided tours of the famous Towers built by Simon Rodia, changing exhibitions in its galleries, a permanent collection of musical instruments and classes for teachers and students in visual and performance arts. The last weekend in September, the campus hosts the annual Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals which are free to the public.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Watts Towers by using our Los Angeles itinerary maker.
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I live in LA, and I have visited the Watts Towers on many occasions. They impress me every time. Don't let the fact that they are in Watts stop you from going. The area around the towers feels pretty ... read more »
Every Angeleno needs to make the trek to Watts Towers. It is Simon Rodia's magnum opus and nearly a hundred years after he started creating this iconic piece, it's story and his story is both an educa... read more »
These Towers are unbelievably, awesome. They are made from pieces of glass, porcelain and bottle tops and stand majestically proud.
I Am So Glad That I Finally Visited Watts Towers And Their Art Center... I have been living in Los Angeles for the most part since 1994 and I have Never visited the Watts Towers and Art Center up until Saturday, August 27, 2016 whereby I asked Diego to join me on this venture. I honestly was scared to go because of the area for the longest time, but on this day I just used my gut feeling and took the risk and went for it and thankfully it was Not as bad as some people have made out the area to be. When we got there, we just had to walk on Graham Avenue just a few short blocks and made our way to the towers. First we visited their two very nice art galleries and seen a short film and then we went on their first tour which started at 10:30 am and our talented guide was James who knows all about the history of the towers, including the life of Simon Rodia who was the founder and creator of the Watts Towers. Both Diego and myself had a very enjoyable time visiting the Watts Towers and so will You! Thank you very much James for the Very Impressive Tour, including Lionel who spoke with us inside one of the Art Galleries! Sincerely yours, Howard Paul Shore Diego Visitors
These great towers was design and built by an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason Sabato (Simon) Rodia. There is a very special Arts Center next to the towers. There are guided tours from Thursday through Saturday.
The towers are amazing. The location of these sculptures in the Watts neighborhood adds to the allure for me. Definitely go to the arts center located in the same property for a free gallery. Donate if you can!
I'm not sure if it's mentioned in other reviews but the Watts Towers has a free of charge (donations accepted) Arts Center that's easily overlooked if you're just walking around the Tower structure. It's the one-story building covered with a mosaic of colored tiles directly to the west of the Towers. There are rotating exhibits as well as permanent collections inside the Arts Center. The gallery itself is fairly small but it has quite a few interesting pieces along with a room full of eclectic instruments. The Art Center also hosts an annual Day of the Drum Festival and Jazz Festival at the end of September. There are also restrooms inside in case you're just passing through.
Amazing! Amazing! worth the drive -and possible danger- to see standing what Rodia built so long ago. It is an agonizing site giving the conditions by which it is surrounded -filth, gangs, drugs. Seeing these in person is wonderful, but it is a bit sureal given that you are constantly looking out to consider your safety.
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