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.”
First and fourth photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times. Second and third photos: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times
“He does still surprise me and he makes me hungry to work with him and see what he does and comes up with. [The Master] was something that I came up with because I wanted to spend more time with him. We’d worked together a lot, five times. But it was never enough. It was a supporting part or something like that. It never felt like we’d gotten super dirty enough together" - Paul Thomas Anderson
A true talent, gone.—
This is going to make my work week veeeery difficult.
POTD - January 10th, 2014 on Flickr.
They have finally started to tear down I-794 near the Third Ward. With the St. Paul Street bridge closed, it’s very hard to get in and out of the Third Ward right now.