“God Is Love.”
Leonard’s passion has created this brilliant “folk art ” masterpiece resplendent with biblical and religious scripture including waterfalls, suns, flowers, trees, blue birds, just to mention a few of the fascinating and colorful objects. He built caves inside that contain some of his memorabilia. Those caves are truly spiritually moving.
Salvation Mountain in Slab City, must be personally experienced to fully appreciate the passion and dedication that Leonard Knight spent his lifetime creating.
The structure of Leonard Knight’s Salvation Mountain is made entirely of adobe clay and paint donated by visitors to The Slabs. Salvation Mountain is unique and is listed as an official “Folk Art of America”. The man-made mountain is 50 feet in height and 150 feet wide. This folk art mountain’s recurring theme of “Love” is everywhere from the Sea of Galilee at the bottom, to the big red heart in the middle, to the cross at the very top.
A Video of Salvation Mountain
by the Oakland Museum of California.
Uploaded on Jul 27, 2010
In early January, 2010, John Turner, a writer and Folk Art collector, and Philip E. Linhares, chief curator at the Oakland Museum, visited Salvation Mountain and interviewed its creator, Leonard Knight.
Leonard Knight, for 28 years, lived at this site in the Southern California desert; each day was dedicated to his mission of devotion to God through Jesus.
Salvation Mountain in Slab City
Salvation Mountain is three miles east of Niland in Slab City, east of Salton Sea. Leonard Knight started with hard pan earth in a barren desert. The Folk Artist Knight made a cross on the top of Salvation Mountain and wrote his prayers in six-foot tall adobe letters then covered with enamel paint.
Salvation Mountain made of Adobe and Straw
Leonard Knight considers his mountain shrine completed and it is kept up by volunteers.At the time of this video he was working on his “museum”, building a massive grotto of straw bales and adobe supported by his man-made trees.
Throughout the video he talks about his faith and belief that his labors are a simple and humble nod to God’s love for all people. Leonard Knight often repeats his motto “Keep it Simple.”
The Oakland Museum of California would like to thank John Turner (camera), Kelley Trahan (still photography) and Jeff den Broeder (editing).
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