Salvation Mountain’s creator passes away

Leonard Knight, who spent three decades working on the folk-art monument to his Christian faith in California’s Imperial Valley, died today at age 82

“I started this mountain with $3 and I was only going to build something eight to 10 foot tall,” Knight told reporter Tony Perry in 1993. “People came and said there was old paint and cement at the dump, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if you bring it, I’ll pound it with a sledgehammer’ and make the mountain bigger. That’s what has happened.”

Perry interviewed Knight again more than 16 years later, in 2010; the article was accompanied by this audio slide show in which Knight tells his story in his own words.

First and fourth photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times. Second and third photos: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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