Yesterday, a couple of Getty interns and myself got together for our second fieldtrip. As last time, we stopped at different art organizations located around Los Angeles, visiting The Wende Museum, the Watt’s Towers Art Center, Art + Practice, and the Undergraduate Museum.
From every place that we visited, my favorite stop was at the Watt’s Towers. Ever Since I heard about it a couple of years ago, I had always wanted to explore this wonderful space but but never had the chance to plan a mini trip. When we arrived, I learned that the towers were built by Sam Rodia on the back of his backyard without any help – an Italian immigrant who had been sent to the United States as a child to have a better life. After 34 years of working on this monumental project, the house of Sam began resembling a ship that pointed towards Italy. I thought this was incredible.
Before leaving the space, we were given a tour of the art center as well as its garden. In the beginning, the garden was used to plant vegetables and fruits but after the draught the center began planting succulents and medicinal plants. The Watts Art Center was kind enough to gift us with paper bags made by the kids who participate in their summer programs, postcards, lettuce seeds, and a succulent plant that I now have in my kitchen.
I will come back and visit this place again.
Posted Friday, July 15, 2016 at 1:25PM | Leave a comment