Artist of the Day- Simon Rodia(click on image to view more)

Rodia began constructing the Watts Towers in 1921, but did not complete them until 1954. Born in Italy he emigrated to the US at 15. He married, had kids, divorced and then began the towers. An ‘outsider artist’ he worked with simple hand tools on structural steel and mortar to build and decorated with bits of broken pottery and glass. The towers which are now famous landmarks, were frequently vandalized and eventually Rodia moved from Long Beach to Martinez and apparently never returned to see his work. Here’s an interesting tidbit. His image appears on the Sgt. Pepper album cover…top row, upper right, just behind Bob Dylan. HuH!