Rodilla or Rodia, Simon:see Watts TowersWatts Towers,
group of folk-art towers in the Watts section of Los Angeles. The complex was built (1921–54) single-handedly by the self-taught Italian immigrant Simon Rodia (also spelled Rodilla, 1879–1965).
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Italian-born mason who built the Watts Towers, an artistic fantasy on the outskirts of Los Angeles (1954). The Watts Towers consist of three steel-framed, freeform towers, constructed of concrete-covered reinforcing rods encrusted with inlaid tile, shells, and fragments of broken bottles. At several points in their lifetime, the Towers were threatened by building officials who tried to remove the towers, on the grounds of structural safety, but were unable to pull them down.
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