Monday, February 9, 2015

Salvation Mountain

Did a day trip from Yuma to Niland CA to Slab City that has at it's entrance Salvation Mountain. This Mountain is quite an experience.

Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill in the Colorado Desert, north of Calipatria near Slab City and several miles from the Salton Sea. It is in Imperial County, California.

The artwork is made fro adobe, straw, ad thousands of gallons of paint. Salvation mountain was created by local resident Leonard Knight (1931-2014). It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses.

In 1985 Leonard Knight began his creation. Leonard was a classic lone dreamer, intent on feeding his vision. But he was friendly, welcoming to all who visited. He slept in the Salvation Truck, a decorated vehicle with a house on the back. The truck, like the mountain, is lettered with biblical quotations and a large "REPENT" warning. The sight of Salvation Mountain -- his three story tall, 100-foot wide riot of concrete, adobe and paint -- greeted him each morning.

His philosophy was "Love Jesus and keep it simple".