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Leonard Knight | Niland, California

Leonard Knight works on Salvation Mountain in the desert of southern California. In 1984, Leonard Knight's homemade hot air balloon crashed in the desert. When he couldn't repair it, he resolved to fulfill his promise to God to spread the message 'God is Love' by painting the side of a nearby mountain. Since then, Leonard has painted and constructed a mountainside 'environment' depicting his vision of God's love, which includes a three-story igloo-like structure made of adobe covered hay bales and peaceful visions of birds, waterfalls, and wheels within wheels.









Floyd Banks Jr. | Reverend H.D. Dennis | Leonard Knight > Niland, California | Shelby Ravellette | Kenneth Hill