Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA
Sometimes things in your own back yard get over looked. If you’ve read my blog for a while you know that I love outsider art and I have blogged about outsider environments. Salvation Mountain is little over an hour and a half from my home. Today I finally visited the mountain.
I’m not going to give you a history of the mountain. I will leave that for Salvation Mountains own website. I will give my personal impressions.
Salvation Mountain is just a couple miles outside of Niland, CA. When we visited it was a clear sunny winter day and you could see the mountain just a few seconds after exiting Niland. Salvation Mountain has been painted on the side of a ridge that sticks out of the desert floor. The road is paved pretty much right up to the mountain. There is a “parking lot” at the bottom of the mountain.
It’s very casual at the mountain. No signs with rules. It’s seems that you can go anywhere you want.
Several cars were already there when we arrived. Leonard, the creator, was there talking to people. Before I had a chance to talk to him he jumped into a car driven by friends and headed to the Niland. Leonard is getting up in years. I got the feeling that some of the people walking around there where helpers for Leonard. I think that he is taken care of by a number of people.
There where a lot of children climbing the mountain. When you walk on the surface it it felt kind of squishy. The structure is made of a foundation of mud and straw which is then painted over with latex paint. Is it safe to climb on? I haven’t a clue. I hiked up it only about half way.
Everyday people bring left over paint for Leonard to carry on with this art.
The size of the mountain is fantastic, but what got me was the color.
Looking down from halfway up the mountain.
This is the view from half way up the mountain looking down at the “parking lot”.
To be continued. . .