Italian America’s Eureka Moment

Laura E. Ruberto (October 08, 2010)
Finding Romano Gabriel’s Wooden Sculpture Garden along the Italy-California border.

Later this month the Watts Towers Common Ground conference will take place in Los Angeles; it’s only a small part of a larger festival and series of public projects bringing people together, as the organizers explain, “to celebrate the common ground of the Towers, a locus of creativity, of sustained resolve in adversity and of positive public transformation.” Indeed, Sabato (Sam) Rodia’s colorful, mosaic towers have long inspired individuals and nourished communities, sometimes at the most volatile of moments.