Photo Diary: Salvation Mountain + Slab City


Salvation Mountain is located in a remote area near Niland, California. Some might call Salvation Mountain a work of art, while others may call it a work of faith, but to the late Leonard Knight, it was his life’s work and purpose, built to spread the word of Jesus. And he did, by building a mountain that delivers those words through a colourful display of bible verses woven into ribbons of paint that form waterfalls, lakes and flowers. Nearby the mountain is Slab City, an ex-military base turned squatter haven, known to its inhabitants as 'The Last Free Place in America'. Here The Range can be found, an open-air makeshift music venue, made up of old sofas, a stage, a bar and a slack string of lights.

Our last stop in California was reserved for our return visit to Salvation Mountain and Slab City. We made our way here five years ago and were taken back by the colourful art display and the curious lifestyle of those that live here — and today was no different. We also dropped off some left over paint from painting our motorhome. We like to think that perhaps the next time we visit here, we will somewhat be a part of it.

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