Love is universal.
If you’re a California or Arizona native, you have probably heard of/been to Salvation Mountain, a permanent art instillation by Leonard Knight hidden in the depths of the low desert. We made the 4 hour journey out to the Calipatria/Niland area next to the Salton Sea and were completely amazed by what we found. In a slightly dismal desert area, Leonard’s work, created almost 100% by himself, is a giant mountain of bright colors and encouraging messages about love. The piece was created using local adobe clay and donations of paint from people far and near. When he appeared in the movie “Into the Wild,” Leonard spoke about being in awe of the love he receives from people internationally because of his art. The piece is categorized as “outsider art” and draws attention from people all over the world. Even in the blazing heat, we met many other people during our time there.
Anyway, I’m done rambling, so here are some photos from our adventure to Dr. Seuss land in the 110 degree heat:
Leonard passed away last year, but since then, volunteer groups have been devoted to preserving the piece for future generations. If you want to learn more about Salvation Mountain and volunteer opportunities, here is there official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SalvationMountain
We spoke with some volunteers who were repairing part of the piece and they told us that despite all the different websites about Salvation Mountain, the Facebook page is the only official website they have.