"Years ago I went to Salvation Mountain with a group of friends. I immediately took a liking to Leonard Knight, the man who brought the mountain to life. Over the years I would capture his stories though video and photos. In 2014 Leonard passed away. I always loved hanging out with Leonard at the mountain and now I found a way to bring him back so that others can experience the mountain with him." - Corey Petrick
Salvation Mountain is a great work of art by the late Leonard Knight. It’s quite a beautiful site, vibrant and colorful against the desert landscape.
"For twenty-five years, Leonard Knight poured mud over hay bales, tossed in the odd tire or windowpane, and painted the words God Is Love over and over on the adobe-like structure that resulted. His Salvation Mountain is essentially a massive pile of sculpted dirt in a weird part of the scorching Mojave. And yet it draws people."
The scene from Into The Wild starring Emile Hirsch, where Chris McCandeless (Hirsch) visits Salvation Mountain with Tracy (Kristen Stewart).
Photo by Katrina San Juan
Photo by Flemming Bo Jensen
"This week America lost one of its greatest living folk artists, a man who I had photographed many times, a man who had become my friend. His name was Leonard Knight, and he was the artist who built the monumental work known as Salvation Mountain..."
The Life and Art of Leonard Knight
A Book by Aaron Huey
Photo by Chrissi Hernandez