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Chicago Area Conservation Group

From: Craig Deller <craig>
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2000
CACG invites you to "Saving the Watts Towers 1959-2000", the first
presentation of the Group's  26th season. On Friday, October 6th at
6:00 p.m., Bud Goldstone will relate the thrilling, spine-tingling
story of saving and restoring Simon Rodia's Watts Towers, a National
Historic Landmark in Los Angeles.  A major player in the
preservation effort at the Towers since 1959, Goldstone will discuss
both factors that contributed to the Towers' degradation
(earthquakes, rains, floods, winds, vandalism, public and government
neglect, unscrupulous officials, and an unqualified contractor) and
challenges related to the Towers' location on a private residential
dead-end street in Watts.  He will also discuss other art
environments for which he has recently performed engineering
conservation work--Edward James' Las Pozas in Xilitla, Mexico, Art
Beal's Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria, CA, Grandma Prisbrey's  Bottle
Village in Simi Valley, CA, and Jeff McKissack's The Orange Show in

The preservation of art environments (sites combining art,
architecture, and/or landscape architecture, often created in
non-traditional mediums by self-taught artists) poses a panoply of
challenges to preservationists, who attempt to preserve this
especially fragile and extremely significant aspect of our cultural
landscape.  Goldstone is flying in from Los Angeles especially for
this CACG presentation, which will be held at Intuit: The Center for
Intuitive and Outsider Art, located at 756 N. Milwaukee Ave. (just
south of the intersection of Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Ave., and Ogden
Ave.). We thank Intuit for co-hosting this event with CACG.

Free to members of CACG and Intuit. $5 admission fee for others.
Space is limited.  Call 312-857-7665 for details.  On the evening of
the event call Intuit at 312. 243. 9088 for information.

Craig Deller
The Deller Conservation Group, Ltd.
Geneva, Illinois  USA
Conservation Services for Historic Furniture and Objects

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:21
                 Distributed: Thursday, October 5, 2000
                       Message Id: cdl-14-21-005
Received on Tuesday, 26 September, 2000

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