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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

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

Paul A. Harris

Fordham University Press

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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