It’s been nearly 25 years since Leonard Knight set out to erect a religious monument in the desert outside of Niland, California. His intention was to create something about eight feet tall, a task he thought he could complete in about a week.
But today, at 78, he’s still at it. Salvation Mountain, as he calls it, has evolved into a spectacular, three-story high mound of adobe which Knight, a self-taught artist, has adorned with colorful pastoral designs and biblical quotations.
As Knight’s fame spreads, more and more people (religious pilgrims, curiosity seekers, hipsters and hippies among them) come to meet him and experience his masterpiece firsthand. He receives them all graciously, giving tours, posing for pictures, and just generally holding court.
I hope you’ll check back here over the next several days as I share photos from my own lovely and long-overdue visit to Salvation Mountain.