I’d forgotten about this wonderful documentary about the Watts Towers and the man who created them. If you’ve never seen them, do so. They are one of truly astonishing creations in this city. Crowds of people stare at the giant rock the idiots at LACMA paid zillions of dollars for. And people faun over the zillion dollar constructions of Frank Gehry. That’s just rich people spending money. Too much money. It’s not art, it’s just decadence. Sam Rodia did not have a lot of money. The Watts Towers are the real thing. Check out this beautiful film.
Sam Rodia and the Watts Towers
Definitive documentary film on the Watts Towers in South Central Los Angeles, a monument of ‘outsider’ or ‘folk’ art built by Italian immigrant Sam (Simon) Rodia.