The Mountain of Salvation must be seen close to be fully appreciated, as those who have made the journey will attest.
Its 50-foot height and 150-foot width are made entirely from local adobe clay and paint, being truly unique in the United States and most likely in the world.
From the Sea of Galilee, deep down, the great red heart in the middle, to the cross at the top, the recurring theme of “Love” is everywhere on the Mountain of Salvation. This place is a visionary setting spanning a hill in the Colorado desert, north of Calipatria, near the slab city, several miles from the Salton Sea. It is in Imperial County, California.
The area is dry and not very pretty, but the artwork is incredible, made of adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead – free paint.
It was created by local resident Leonard Knight (1931 – 2014). It encompasses numerous murals and painted areas with Christian expressions and Bible verses, although his philosophy was built around prayer the sinner.
The Folk Art Society of America declared “a folk art in a place worthy of preservation and protection” in 2000.
This mountain is Leonard’s tribute to God and his gift to the world, with his simple but powerful message: “God is love.”
Leonard’s passion lovingly created this brilliant work of resplendent “outsider” art not only from biblical and religious scriptures such as the Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16, and the Sinner’s Prayer, but also including flowers, trees, waterfalls, suns, bluebirds and many other fascinating and colorful objects.
The best time to visit this place should be spring or fall. During the summer the area is very hot.
With a good temperature, this is a great place for fun pictures. It is certainly an indispensable place on your trip.
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