Walk Watts

Submitted by UrbanRock Design

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Client: Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Location: Watts, CA, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $40,000

Project Team

Artist

Jeanine Centuori

UrbanRock Design

Artist

Cate Roman

Client

Timothy Watkins

Watts Labor Community Action Committee

Overview

Walk Watts is a self-guided walking tour of the community of Watts that combines three integrated components involving sound, sight, and touch. Each of these components may be experienced separately while serving as a prompt to explore the other two components. Environmental artwork calls attention to the downloadable APP called Hear Our Local Leggacy App (HOLLA).

The three components:

1. Sound | A downloadable app titled HOLLA (Hear Our Local Legacy App)
2. Sight | Environmental Artwork
3. Touch | A z-fold pocket map & promotional rack card for hotel lobbies

Goals

The Walk Watts project is anticipated to change the perception and behavior of tourists who visit Watts. Typically, they sojourn to the cultural island of the Towers and adjacent Art Center without exploring anything else in Watts. This community is an unnecessarily forgotten and feared neighborhood. Walk Watts is intended to counter this perception and amplify the many positive histories and contemporary artistic and cultural artifacts in Watts that are worthy of celebration. We intend for tourists to learn that Watts is more than riots and towers.

Process

The artists, Jeanine Centuori and Cate Roman, worked closely with the non-profit client in order to raise awareness of the cultural value of the community of Watts. Plagued by a history of the 1965 uprising, and rampant poverty, this community has struggled for its identity. The process of creating a self-guided tour involved interviewing many elders and residents of Watts who tell their story on the app. The environmental components of the project create focal points throughout Watts, and bring attention to the audio and printed map.