It’s actually a hill made of clay and bales of hay that have been painted over with the utmost devotion. And the artist behind the mountain? His name was Leonard Knight.
After dedicating almost thirty years to his creative endeavor at the entrance of Slab City, Knight passed away three years ago, in February of 2014, at the age of 82. He’s left quite an artistic legacy behind for us to enjoy.
The best way to get a better idea of the place — apart from actually going there yourself — is via images. So here are (a shit-load of) pictures I took of the unique mountain and it’s adjacent man-made caves, which serve as interesting embellishments to Knight’s unique project.
Climbing up the mountain, you’ll see signs asking you to stay on the “yellow brick road.” The place already feels otherworldly, but the signs serve as a reminder that you’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!
The Blue Cave
That’s just the name I’ve given this little chamber. I don’t know what it’s really called or if it even has a name at all. But it is painted with lots of blue!
The Multicolored Alcove
This part I’m calling “the multicolored alcove” for obvious reasons.
The Painted Vehicles
In front of Salvation mountain, you’ll find lots of repurposed vehicles. Hey, if it’s broke, why not turn it into art?
Greg and the Mountain Cats
While walking around Salvation Mountain, snapping hundreds of pictures, I got to conversing with Greg — a hobo who’d recently been appointed to the role of greeter at what is becoming an increasingly popular destination for curious travelers.