Sunday, 21 February 2016

SALVATION MOUNTAIN









 
 


Yesterday we made the two-hour drive from where we are staying in Palm Springs to visit Salvation Mountain.  Apparently anyone can see this incredible man-made dream, or "visionary environment" simply by playing GTA V, but I don't think that's quite the same as seeing it in real life.   Salvation Mountain is the work of Leonard Knight, a local artist who built this masterpiece as a tribute to God and the Sinner's Prayer.  There's also plenty of flowers, trees, waterfalls, cars, car doors, caves painted and decorated in pale blue, and rainbow-coloured branches. Now I ain't religious but faith sure can inspire some people to build overwhelmingly fantastic structures, and this was no exception.  Walking around the awesome (I was overflowing with awe) Salvation Mountain felt a bit like sitting in a centuries-old church in Rome which took several generations to build, or hearing how difficult and back-breaking it was for Michelangelo when he painted the Sistine Chapel. 

(Although as we arrived there was a crew and dancers shooting a Korean pop band's music video, which has never happened in any other religious structure I've visited.  But then none of those were quite as Instagram-worthy as Knight's incredible offering to California.  Plus I don't think they let you make music videos at the Vatican.  Yet.)  

My dress is from Valley Of The Dolls (I LOVE their stuff) and my shoes are Swedish Hasbeens that I've had forever and ever.  Probably the most I've ever spent on a pair of shoes and completely worth it.  Salvation Mountain is very out of the way, it's near nothing, but I can't recommend it enough.  I don't think I'll ever see anything quite like it again.

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