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Conference on Watts Towers

From: N. J. Bud Goldstone <as768>
Date: Friday, January 9, 1998
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The Watts Towers are a folk art construction created between 1921
and 1955 of cement mortar, sand, steel mesh and structural steel
sections as reinforcements. The site is a US National Historic
Landmark in Los Angeles, one of only four in the city. The
sculptures were hand-made by the artist and decorated with some
40,000 colorful ornamental pieces of early California pottery,
bottle shards, sea shells, glazed tiles and other objects. The work
is a complex set of 17 separate sculptural pieces, two almost 100
feet tall, set on a residential lot in the community of Watts. The
site is now a Unit of the California Historic Park System, owned by
the State and managed by the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs

A support group of the neighboring City of Los Angeles Watts Towers
Art Center is the proposed host for this conference, perhaps as
early as June or July 1998. Those persons expressing interest to me
at my email address shall receive a summary description of the
current conservation efforts and will be provided an opportunity to
propose themselves or other speakers or papers for possible
presentation or hand-out at the conference.

N.J. Bud Goldstone
Conservation Engineer
6719 West 86th Place #2
Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:69
                Distributed: Tuesday, February 10, 1998
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Received on Friday, 9 January, 1998

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