Salvation Mountain, Calipatria

Salvation Mountain is a visionary environment covering a hill in the Colorado Desert, north of Calipatria, northeast of Niland near Slab City, several miles from the Salton Sea. It is in Imperial County, California.
The artwork is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. Salvation Mountain was created by local resident Leonard Knight (1931–2014). It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses, though its philosophy was built around the Sinner's Prayer.
The Folk Art Society of America declared it "a folk art site worthy of preservation and protection" in the year 2000. In an address to the United States Congress on May 15, 2002, California Senator Barbara Boxer described it as "a unique and visionary sculpture... a national treasure... profoundly strange and beautifully accessible, and worthy of the international acclaim it receives".
In December 2011, the 80-year-old Knight was placed in a long-term care facility in El Cajon for dementia. Leonard Knight died on February 10, 2014, in El Cajon.
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  • This is a nice place to take your family if you are around the area. The Salvation Mountain is quite big to walk around, very color and unique. We stayed about 40 min to walk around. You can walk up t...  more »
  • The description didn't do this place justice. It is most certainly weird, a mountain covered in stucco and (non-lead) paint. It is "stream of consciousness" art, with thousands of little details hidde...  more »
  • Love this place. It's beautiful all the work done to the mountain. I got a chance to meet and talk to Leonard about 15 years ago. very interesting and very nice tell me the story of why you started it is a beautiful story rest in peace Leonard, you did a beautiful job in spreading your word. Rest in peace.
  • Really interesting place. Highly recommend going at least once in your life. The art is quite out of this world. It is out in the middle of nowhere. It's in the middle of the desert basically. Known from many musicians music videos like Kesha's "Praying".

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