Even as a non religious person as I am, you can feel the exceptional free spirited aura that makes this place so special.
I have been a couple of times at Salvation Mountain, always finding some little peace inside. The beautiful colors in this tristesse of the desert – one night I stood there completely alone, having the full moon shine on the mountain, evoking the colors in the loud silence of the dark desert. A powerful moment in my life.
Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea. It is Leonard Knight’s tribute to God and his gift to the world with its simple yet powerful message: God Is Love
Leonard’s passion has created this 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 and suns.
Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint. 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 died on February 10, 2014 after suffering for a long time of dementia.
A group of volunteers are now protecting and maintaining the site.