I’m featuring a blog that I only recently followed, a little over a month. I think you’ll understand why and will have an immediate liking as well – The Art of Devotion from China Sojourns Photography.
Most of us just say it. Express or read. We write letters, snail or e-mail. Books. Websites or blogs. We gesture, signal, and put up signs. Some of us play it in a form of music, singing or playing instruments. Through artistry. Sometimes, it’s through physical things like giving gifts. Through visuals, image or video. TV, movie, telephone, cellphone, computer and other visual aids and mediums.
For Leonard Knight he sent his messages in an unusual way. Leonard Knight painted a mountain.
Made up of adobe, hays, straws, and gallons and gallons of paints, he inscribed Christian sayings and Bible verses on this mountain.
All materials are from donations people provided him.
After having seen a lot of his tour videos, perhaps the most definitive message he wanted to convey is “GOD IS LOVE.”
He’s also proud, always mentioning, about the waterfall.
– Waterfall, which is the blue and white stripes, lots of flowers, tree, The Lord’s Prayer, John 3:16 –
To the right of the mountain, he added a museum about 10 years ago.
It is HUGE and high considering for a lone aging man! My favorite is this room or “igloo”.
The ceilings are so cool.
Six years ago, The Folk Art Society of America designated Salvation Mountain in Niland, California as a National Folk Art Site, worthy of protection and preservation.
This next part saddened me in a hard way.
Heartwrenching, Leonard Knight passed away last February 10, 2014.
He had so much more he wanted to add, esp. on the museum. An unfinished room next to the “igloo” …
Leonard Knight worked on Salvation Mountain and the museum on a regular basis. He was happy. He looked so alive. And at the sametime, he was very willing to provide tours to visitors. He was eager to encourage the tourirsts to spread the word, his messages, be it in pictures or videos.
He wanted it for everyone to see.
He wanted it to keep his message simple and pure – God is Love.
Here’s a movie clip from Into The Wild where Leonard Knight toured the main characters to his masterpiece.