Salvation Mountain23 Votes
- Address: Beal Rd, Niland, CA 92257, USA, United States
- Tags: Art And Culture, Family And Kids
Overview of Salvation Mountain
Created by Leonardo Knight - a local resident, Salvation Mountain is a quirky artwork covering a hill. The art is quite unique made from adobe clay, straw and lead-free paint. The art is created around the philosophy of Sinner’s Prayer and presents many murals, preaching of Christianity, and bible verses. The mountain is highly regarded as a religious place by many who appeal to maintain the sanctity of the place. The place was declared as a ‘folk art site worthy of preservation and protection’ by the the Folk Art Society of America in 2000. The Salvation Mountain commands a visit if you are in the vicinity.
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- Bus number 51 to stop - Beal Road & Low Road
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Salvation Mountain Reviews & Ratings
See the desert through the mind of a mad artist. This place is crazy! Layers of colorful paint cover a hill side in the most fanciful way. God is Love is plastered everywhere along with scripture and designs. A very interesting place to visit while in one of the hottest places In California!
A beautiful sacred place built by one man. I don’t consider myself an artsy person but when i saw this, I’m out of words. An old man with his faith and believe to create something that he loves. This is one man action, it benefits so many of us. Definitely recommend it to go, please don’t ruin this place and don’t leave your trash.
A must when going to Slab City most people just stop at Salvation mountain, take a few pictures, leave a donation, and go home. The real story is in the slabs, and you really must experience it first hand. Take time to understand what they go through on a daily basis, to live in the desert. It is not an easy life. Stop, take the time to respect the space.
I really liked my stop. It was short as it was super hot. Be respectful and follow the "yellow brick path" and you'll enjoy your visit! Plan on stopping by again in a couple months.
I visited Salvation Mountain several times between 2009 and 2011 before Leonard left the Mountain, and he personally guided me around at least twice. It's a weird place: a hillside covered with thousands of gallons of paint, literally poured on top of dirt and straw bails; a space that Leonard intended to be something of a dome, built out of straw and paint and sticks; an abstract walk-through sculpture, assembled from straw and paint and desert detritus scavenged (salvaged?) from the surrounding landscape; one man's testimony of his God's love. I'm not a religious person, but Leonard Knight was one of the most profoundly Christ-like, most godly men I ever met, and his Salvation Mountain is definitely worth visiting.