Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Mosaic's the new Green

With the increasing global garbage problem and resources dwindling I have to take a moment to talk about Watts Tower. Created from found materials, broken mugs and bottles, this monument stands as proof that you don't need tons of cash or high quality materials to create something amazing. Why do we quarry out mountain sides to provide gravel for sidewalk after sidewalk and then bury our used glass in a landfill. More mosaics should be on the national eco friendly agenda.

“You gotta do something they never got’ em in the world.” Simon Rodia (1875-1965,) top right.

I have chills all over every time I look at this picture of Simon Rodia because it is an undeniable testament to the enormity of Rodia’s achievement: the Towers he single-handedly built on his residential lot in Watts over 33 years every evening after working a construction job and every Sunday, without nails, rivets, bolts, gloves, drill, blueprint, diplomas. I also love this close-up because it shows that Simon did it with immense pride and joy.

Read more at http://www.lataco.com/taco/i-build-the-tower-dvd-review

Below is one of the mosaic lamp posts of the east village, these always give me hope somehow

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