Artist Leonard Knight will have two memorial services next week one in San Diego and the other at the site of the Knight’s famous creation, “Salvation Mountain.” The structure – part sculpture, part roadside attraction – stands at the entrance to Slab City, an off the grid desert community in southeast California.
“Salvation Mountain” is a mound of adobe and straw painted with Bible verses and Christian sayings. While famous in its own right among folk art enthusiasts, the work received wider attention when it was featured in the film “Into the Wild.” Knight also made an appearance in the motion picture.
He said the message of the sculpture is “God is love.” “Keep it simple — just love somebody,” he said in 2012. “And sooner or later that love will come back.”