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I have just been to one of the coolest places I’ve ever been to. It’s called Salvation Mountain…I’ll be uploading a lot of pictures from there, because it was so amazing, and I just want to share as much as I can! Whatever your religious beliefs, I think you’ll have to agree that this is an amazing creation. Going inside the one structure was like being in a magical little world…very surreal. But I’ll share those pictures later. For now, I’m going to show the outside, and some of the cars and things that are painted around the property. This man, Leonard Knight, spent about 28 years creating this…He’s lived out there in a converted truck all by himself for most of that time…He supposedly was always thrilled to get visitors there, and happily showed people around. From the sounds of it, he was a man filled with love and joy. Unfortunately, he is no longer able to live out there anymore and continue his work because of poor health. I’m going to paste here what Wikipedia says about Salvation Mountain, but there’s so much more to it than what they’ve said, and I encourage you to do a search on the place to find out more!

“Salvation Mountain is an art installation covering a hill north of Calipatria, California, near Slab City and just several miles from the Salton Sea. It is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of paint. It was created by local resident Leonard Knight, and encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses.

In December of 2011, Knight (at the age of 80) was placed in a long-term care facility in El Cajon for dementia. Concern has been raised for the future of the site, which requires constant maintenance due to the harsh surrounding environment. Many visitors bring paint to donate to the project, and a group of volunteers have been working to protect and maintain the site.

The site was featured in the 2007 film Into The Wild."

Comments

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonalmost 2 years ago

    Unique and fascinating capture, Laurie!!

  • Thank you so, so much, Ellen!! I appreciate it!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTalmost 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you so much, Sylvia!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 2 years ago

    Wow Laurie sounds like some place that I would love to visit too! Great capture and awesome write! Cant wait to see the rest of your photo shoot!

  • Hi, sweet swaby! :)) Yes, this place was just so incredible! I’m sure you’d love it!! I’ve got tons of pictures from here, but I guess I have to space them out a little bit so I don’t bore everyone too terribly much, lol!! Thank you so, so much for your awesome support, my friend!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • JEZ22
    JEZ22almost 2 years ago

    Wow , thats a fantastic capture Laurie , and very interesting write up
    Well done my friend
    Jez xx

  • I really appreciate that, jez!!!!! Thank you sooooo very much!!!! :)))xoxo

    – Laurie Search

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    Fascinating images and story!

  • Thank you very, very much, Celeste!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersalmost 2 years ago

    Looks very interesting. Great shot Laurie!

  • Thank you so very much, Ursula!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonalmost 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, aren’t they just fantastic , I can’t wait to see more and how sad about Mr. Knight ending up in a “facility”, I think he’d rather die out there with all his wonderful artworks, thanks for sharing Laurie, I love this :o)x

  • Awww, what a sweet comment, Josie!!! And I’m so happy that you love this!! Thank you so, so much, my friend!!!! :)))xo

    – Laurie Search

  • snblov
    snblovalmost 2 years ago

    terrific picture Laurie. Great composition.

  • Thank you so much, s nblov!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • JRPowers
  • Thank you SOOOO much for the feature, JRPowers!!!! I’m honored!!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

  • lumiwa
    lumiwaalmost 2 years ago

    great capture!

  • Thank you very, very much, lumiwa!!! :)))

    – Laurie Search

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