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“Great example of Naive Art in Los Angeles”
Review of Watts Towers

Watts Towers
Ranked #72 of 564 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A unique folk-art masterpiece, this 99-foot-tall group of steel towers is decorated with scrap metal, bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, and thousands of seashells. One of LA's famous local landmarks, the towers were created by a construction worker who toiled over them in his spare time for 30 years until their completion in 1954.
Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
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“Great example of Naive Art in Los Angeles”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

One of the greatest historic sites to visit in LA, Watts Towers is a place everyone in LA should visit at least once. Unfortunately, people are too often reviewing Watts itself rather then the towers. Yes, Watts is a rough low income community. There are some really good people here, yet gangs, lack of jobs, poor educational facilities and much more plague this area. Nevetheless, if you visit Watts towers in the early afternoon and have your directions, you should have no problems at all.

Watts towers is fortunate enough to have some excellent tour guides and unless you want to waste your time I highly recommend the tour. If you do not take the tour you can only view the towers from outside the fence and snap some pictures. The large towers themselves are not really the main (or only) attraction here, standing underneath the towers themselves and seeing the beautiful small touches Rodia put into his masterpiece was a highlight for me. Please do not let the negative comments about Watts detour you from this incredible place.

Visited August 2011
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“UNIQUE!”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

This is a unique installation of "folk art". One of a kind. And a fun trip through a part of LA one might not ever go if there were no selected destination. Part "art"......part "archeology".....part "culture". A great trip to take!

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Los Angeles
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“OK, too far away”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

This is an ok attraction but be warned its in a neighbourhood that has a bad reputation and is practically impossible to reach easily by public transport

Visited July 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Very interesting!”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

I like quirky places and this one fit the bill. I'm glad we took the tour ($7.00 per person) so we could get a close up of this incredible folk art structure. That it was built by one man without heavy duty equipment is amazing. We parked on the street which might be hard to find a spot when busy. Not sure if there was parking anywhere else.

Visited May 2012
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Calgary, Canada
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“Watts Towers provides food for thought about how an ordinary artist can make a difference”
Reviewed March 30, 2012

The Watts Towers Arts Center and Watts Towers Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center are well worth visiting. The towers have levels of meaning that are only obvious when explained by the tour guide, the artwork that is displayed in the Center's gallery is evocative, and the collection of musical instruments is fascinating. It is however, tucked away in Watts, so you need a map or GPS to find it. Simon/ Sam Rodia was dedicated to his vision, and the staff who take care of it, and offer art and jazz programs for kids, are also dedicated and valuable. This attraction is really life affirming and inspirational!

Visited March 2012
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