Just down the road from Leonard Knight’s epic folk-art masterpiece Salvation Mountain is Slab City, an off-grid RV settlement comprised of an eclectic and highly-eccentric mix of snowbirds, hippies, veterans, drug addicts, retirees, and anarchists. Within this remote “squattersville” is East Jesus, an assemblage/sculpture garden founded by Charlie Russell.
According to East Jesus’ website, Russell came to the area to assist Knight with Salvation Mountain but, fascinated with Slab City, would eventually decide to strike out on his own. He left his tech job in early 2007, packed all his belongings into a shipping container, and began creating the sculptures that would become the foundation works of East Jesus.
Since his passing in 2011, a board of directors has guided the curation and expansion of East Jesus and the installation now includes pieces from several artists of note.
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