art has always been a humbling experience for me. i think because despite my passions for what some would call “art” over the years (mainly dance and photography), the dedication it takes to perfect a masterpiece through paint or pencil (or whatever other medium you choose) is so perplexing since i can hardly draw a stick figure eloquently.
one of the most remarkable works of art I’ve seen as of late is probably one many haven’t heard of – but it was a humbling experience to be in its presence, nonetheless. it’s called Salvation Mountain, and it is the product of countless hours, months – years – of dedication from one man, Leonard Knight, who recently passed away. his legacy undoubtedly lives on through this amazing array of color, symbolism and above all, passion, in the middle of Palm Desert. we were lucky enough to go visit last weekend and while many think him crazy for the years he spent devoted to his passion project, i think him pretty visionary.
through his years of artistry in the small (and ok, a little creepy) town of Niland, Calif., he’s grown quite the following. during the short time we were there we saw a documentary film crew, a slew of volunteers working to preserve and build out new areas of the mountain and dozens of tourists meandering around the caverns and hills crafted ever so intentionally by Knight. and although i hardly think the pictures do it justice, i hope you’ll trust me when i say it’s pretty freaking magnificent.
his message is simple, his work, profound. you can read more about his recent passing and his work here and hopefully draw a little inspiration to be as deeply passionate about something in your life – be it your children, your blog, or your own work of art. i know i have.