(San Diego Union-Tribune) Shimmering in the dry desert heat east of the Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain seems like a mirage — the colossal vision of a man who is no longer there, built on land that was never his.
Leonard Knight spent almost 30 years out there, in a place without running water or electricity, creating a wildly colorful monument to God's love. It's an undulating mass of hand-painted adobe, three stories high and 100-feet wide, topped by a cross.
Next to the mountain is an igloo made out of hay bales and next to that a catacomb-like space with tree-shaped sculptures fashioned from discarded tires. Every surface, it seems, has seen the business end of a paint brush or roller. Religious slogans abound.
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