Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain
Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and about a hour and a half from Palm Springs. Salvation Mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: “God Is Love.” 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. From its Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top, the reoccurring theme of “Love” is everywhere at Salvation Mountain.
Leonard Knight; visionary artist of Salvation Mountain…..spent three decades painting a tall mound of adobe east of the Salton Sea with pastoral scenes and biblical quotes imparting the message that ‘God is Love.’…… Before he left the mountain, he estimated that he used more than 500,000 gallons of paint on Salvation Mountain. His last hope, he told visitors, was that his creation would be preserved as a message for future generations. (Tony Perry)