IMG_8948Among my many stops while out and about near the Salton Sea last week was a quick visit to Salvation Mountain. The creation of the late Leonard Knight, an artist who lived and worked in the desert for nearly 30 years on what is now widely regarded as a folk-art masterpiece, Salvation Mountain is a spectacular three-story mound of adobe adorned with colorful pastoral designs and biblical quotations.

The heart motif in this photo wasn’t there the last time I visited and, while it’s evocative of Leonard’s work, it appears to have been added recently. Either way, it’s good to know that there are people, whether they be visitors or the full-time caretakers who now live at Salvation Mountain, who value Leonard’s work enough to preserve and even embellish it.

If you’re interested in viewing either of my two photo essays about Leonard’s elaborate outdoor art installation and assemblage, they begin here and here.


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