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Sabato Rodia's Towers in WattsArt, Migrations, Development$
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Luisa Del Giudice

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257966

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.001.0001

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Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession

Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession

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(p.79) Sam Rodia’s Watts Towers in Six Sections in Succession
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Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts
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Paul A. Harris

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0003

This chapter offers a conceptual and creative interpretation of Rodia's work, replacing critical analysis with a form of “creative synthesis” that answers the question: “How can an architectural work like Rodia's Watts Towers dictate structural constraints for a written work?” To emulate the Watts Towers, which integrates heterogeneous materials into a coherent structure, the chapter is composed of six discrete sections that merge into a continuous whole. As tribute to Rodia's masterpiece, a poem entitled “Sam's Ark: An LA Landmark” is also presented. The poem is written under the constraint that A is the only vowel used to correspond to the structural frame of Rodia's Towers.

Keywords:   Sabatino Rodia, Watts Towers, poems, poetry, creative synthesis, architectural work

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