Salvation Mountain

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    Salvation Mountain is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by Leonard Knight to convey the message that "God Loves Everyone". Salvation Mountain is the second most visited tourist attraction in Imperial County. (That tells you a lot about Imperial County, doesn't it!)

    Knight lives full-time at the site in a small cabin mounted on the rear of a 1930s-vintage Chevrolet two-ton truck. Like Salvation Mountain, Knight's Salvation Truck and a collection of other vehicles and machinery are entirely covered with paint and Biblical quotes as well. He estimates that more than 100,000 gallons of paint have gone into the creation of the mountain and that every California-based paint manufacturer has donated paint to the project.

    Salvation Mountain was once labeled an environmental hazard. The hill was threatened with removal by Imperial County. In recent years, the furor seems to have died down and the project has been likened to an epic work of folk art comparable to the Watts Towers. Although the project is an unauthorized one on state land, Salvation Mountain was placed under protection in 2002 when Senator Barbara Boxer entered it into the Congressional Record as a national treasure.

    Salvation Mountain and nearby Slab City were featured in the 2007 filmInto the Wild.

    Salvation Mountain, near Slab City, a few miles east of Niland, California


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    1. Pete Zarria 98 months ago | reply

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    2. Jibby! 98 months ago | reply

      So cool! A giant cake.

    3. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 98 months ago | reply

      norbesc — Thank you. I don't think you could take a photo here that wasn't colorful!

      Pete Zarria ❄ — Thanks. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind place.

      phil_sidenstricker — Thank you.

      Jibby! — You should make one of these out of snow!

    4. Sunderland Photographer John Galloway 98 months ago | reply

      Excellent Chuck, very inpressive and also very interesting.
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    5. Jeanne Kliemesch 98 months ago | reply

      how wonderful to see this !!! thanks for sharing !!!
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    6. Heart Windows Art 98 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ALL KINDS OF BEAUTY (NEW RULES! CHANGES!!!), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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      Thankyou for sharing this, I had never heard of it! It is wonderful art with a great message! ~Kathie

    7. Heart Windows Art 98 months ago | reply

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    8. Ks of W 98 months ago | reply

      As I was enjoying this colorful series, I was trying to remember what possible publication I had read that I have seen this before (I am not theistic) -- it doesn't matter. I do find it interesting how this story plays on my cynicism and tolerance at the same time.

    9. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 98 months ago | reply

      marctonysmith — Thanks!

      HotshotsSR1 — Thank you.

      Jeanne Kliemesch — Thank you.

      Heart Windows Art — Thank you.

      Ks of W — I'm sure that Salvation Mountain has been mentioned in many magazines over the years. It's the kind of place that makes you want to say, "Gee! Look what I found!" or "Wow! You have to go see this place!"

    10. phil_sidenstricker 98 months ago | reply

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    12. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 98 months ago | reply

      phil_sidenstricker, squarequilter — Thank you.

    13. suesanhen 97 months ago | reply

      very bright and colourful, with a message as well, what a fun way to get the message of love and salvation across.

    14. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 97 months ago | reply

      suesanhen — I find words interesting, for example, eccentric vs. weird. If you approve of Salvation Mountain, Mr. Knight is "an eccentric old man." If you don't approve of Salvation Mountain. Mr. Knight is "some weird guy out in the desert." It's a great place to visit. If you do though, bring a few gallons of paint as a donation (my suggestion, not Mr. Knight's).

    15. JamieK2007 94 months ago | reply

      I saw this in the movie Into the Wild, and admire his devotion, though I'm not religious myself...

    16. JamieK2007 94 months ago | reply

      You are invited to post this red image to the Red for the People of Burma group.

    17. “Caveman Chuck” Coker 94 months ago | reply

      JamieK2007 — He takes his work very seriously.

    18. WildWanderings 89 months ago | reply

      Thank you again for letting me use some of your brilliant Salvation Mountain photos use for my website!


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