on August 8, 2006
When I told a friend of mine I was going to Watts Towers that weekend, she laughed "why would you want to go there?" True, Watts Towers are not in the best of neighborhoods, but fear should not deter anyone from going to see this Los Angeles landmark. There is a security guard, and the whole place seemed perfectly safe. The towers themselves are handmade of re-bar, chicken wire, and a type of cement. Originally, every surface of the 100-foot tall towers was covered in tiles, pottery shards, glass, stones, shells, and other forms of decoration, but now some parts are left blank because the old section fell apart and had to be replaced. Below the towers is more beautiful tilework. There is a "birthday cake" and a "cactus garden," both covered in tile and other materials, as well as the remains of the artist's house. All in all, Watts Towers are well worth the trip. To see them, one must go on a short tour which costs $7 a person, which might seem pricey until one considers how much maintenance has to be done to keep the site looking as good as it does.
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