Art: The Labyrinth of Watts

Even Californians blink unbelievingly at the architectural labyrinth in Sam Rodilla's backyard in the modest little Los Angeles suburb of Watts. It is a steel and concrete lacework of fountains, arches and pinnacles that would be far more at home among the temples of Bangkok than in bungalow-land. The current Arts &

Architecture tells how it got there; it is Sam Rodilla's tribute to his adopted country.

Sam was born in Italy 72 years ago, emigrated in 1888, settled down happily to his work as a tile-setter. The U.S. was good to him. Thirty...