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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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The Gigli of Nola During Rodia’s Times

The Gigli of Nola During Rodia’s Times

(p.125) The Gigli of Nola During Rodia’s Times
Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts

Felice Ceparano

Fordham University Press

The Feast of the Gigli of Nola (Festa dei Gigli di Nola) is celebrated annually in honor of Saint Paulinus (San Paolino) on the 22nd of June in the city of Nola, Italy. During the festival, eight wood and paper-mâche obelisks, together with a boat, are carried through the streets of the city's historic center, lifted on many shoulders, and “danced” to the rhythm of music. This chapter describes the Gigli of Nola in the late nineteenth century; accounts for their evolution in time; and supports the thesis that Sabato Rodia likely had known of the Gigli and was inspired by them in the construction of his Towers in Watts.

Keywords:   Sabatino Rodia, Watts Towers, Gigli of Nola, obelisks, festivals

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