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Café Naïveté: The Watts Towers, Los Angeles

1921.  Watts, Los Angeles.  Simon Rodia, an italian emigrant, buys an odd shaped triangular lot and starts building his sculpture. A project which lasted for almost 35 years, leaving the man all but sleepless nights and no weekends. The collection of 17 structures are built out of steel pipes and rods, wrapped with wire and coated with mortar. The decoration is completely made out of recycled material: bed frames, bottles, ceramic tiles, scrap metal and sea shells. The structure was...