a feature-length documentary film
  about Simon Rodia and the Watts
    Towers of South Central Los Angeles

by Edward Landler and Brad Byer

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Last year California State Parks applied to

the U.S. National Park Service to nominate the WATTS TOWERS

as a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE:

https://castateparks.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/wattstower/

The National Park Service chose not to place RODIA’S TOWERS

on the “Tentative List” for consideration as a UNESCO SITE.

The reasons noted in a letter from the National Park Service were:

“…the individuality of the work would make it challenging to justify…

"it is difficult to develop comparisons for this kind of work…

"and there are really no works of art of this kind

on the World Heritage List.”

Luisa Del Giudice of the Watts Towers Common Ground Initiative responded:

“One would think that the uniqueness of the site would be an asset

NOT a detriment.”

I BUILD THE TOWER says:

“The Watts Towers

Nuestro Pueblo, as Sam Rodia called them –

will be a World Heritage Site

– if not in ten years, certainly within twenty.”

SAM RODIA said,

You got to do something they never got 'em in the world.”

R. BUCKMINTER FULLER said,

“That’s what Sam Rodia did.”

What do you think?


A Special Watts Towers Visit from

Congresswoman Maxine Waters and 

the Black Women's Forum: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeSSq2Rkg5w&feature=share 


The Watts Towers  make a brief cameo appearance

in the Oscar-nominated hit movie  La La Land

 Also appearing in  La La Land  is bass player

Nedra Wheeler

who was part of the ensemble that played the jazz arrangements

of Verdi aria themes for 

I Build the Tower

 She is also a Founding Member of the Jazz Mentorship Program at the Watts Towers Arts Center 


 

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