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LACMA may help restore aging Watts towers

April 7, 2010 12:26:11 AM PDT
Los Angeles' landmark Watts Towers could be getting some help from the L.A. County Museum of Art. The towers are owned by the state, but managed by the City of Los Angeles. They are in need of restoration, but with the city in huge financial trouble, there's no money to pay for the work.

Now, LACMA officials say they're interested in taking over the care and management of the aging towers. They hope they can take over the operation of the L.A. landmark sometime this summer. Museum officials say they will use their connections to help raise money to fund the needed repairs.

The towers were built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia, in his spare time between 1921 and 1954. They're almost 100 feet high, made out of steel, wire, concrete and glass ornaments.