Friday, September 3, 2010

Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a giant, rainbow colored, man-made, mountain East of Niland, California, near the Salton Sea. 30 years in the making it was created from adobe, straw, and hundreds of thousands of gallons of latex paint by 78 year old Leonard Knight to convey the message that "God Loves Everyone". Leonard refuses donations of money or labor from supporters who wish to modify his message of universal love to favor or disfavor particular churches, and rejects fear based faith. He estimates that he has used over 250,000 gallons of paint on the mountain and surrounding structures. Steps cut into the side of the hill lead up a yellow brick road to the summit which is topped by a cross. 
Read the rest of the story and view Aaron Huey's photo essay on Salvation Mountain here.

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