Watts Going On

I’ve always kicked myself for not making the time and effort required to go see the Watts Towers. Simon Rodia’s unique creation, which he began in 1921 took more than 30 years to build is a monument to individual achievement and artistic expression.

Well at least I’ve “seen” them now. Standing on the platform at the Rosa Parks Green Line Station at Imperial Highway and Wilmington this past Wednesday I raised my camera to get a shot of the hazy downtown skyline in the distance when I spied a couple spires to the right of the 105 Freeway’s Wilmington Avenue exit sign.

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Sure enough it was the two tallest of all the structures Rodia built. And now, more than ever I want to see them upclose… maybe via an impromptu bike ride down there for a tour February 24 or 25.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with laonstage.com, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."