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Salvation Mountain

2011 February 7
by JoDavid

Salvation Mountain is a folk art oasis created by Leonard Knight in the desert by the Salton Sea in Niland CA, about an hour and a half drive south from Palm Springs.

Leonard created the mountain out of bales of hay and desert clay mixed with water, then he painted them with donated paint, to celebrate his message of “God is Love” and share it with the world.

Salvation Mountain Has been Leonard’s Labor of Love for 23 years now, and he still works very hard on this monument every day.

As his website attests:

"Leonard’s passion has lovingly created this brilliant “outsider art ” masterpiece resplendent with not only biblical and religious scripture such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds, and many other fascinating and colorful objects. Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world."

Leonard is certainly one of the sweetest gentle men one could ever meet. He was very happy to greet us, and give us an extended tour of his domain, even though the sun was very hot, temp in the 90’s, and the wind whipped through the desert that day.

These photos were taken on a visit we made to meet Leonard in April, 2007.

We left with handfuls of postcards, DVDs, and beautiful puzzles of Salvation Mountain that he insisted we take as gifts. We left inspired, uplifted, enchanted, our hearts full of peace and love.

The official website for Salvation Mountain

• Photos by Marlow Harris and Jo David •

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