THE MAN BEHIND THE MOUNTAIN, FOLK ARTIST LEONARD KNIGHT

The Man Behind The Mountain, Folk Artist Leonard Knight
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THE MAN BEHIND THE MOUNTAIN, FOLK ARTIST LEONARD KNIGHT



Written by Robert Foster
10 Thursday 10th April 2014

Salvation Mountain is known around the world as a burst of colour in the desert outside Niland, California, on the Mexican border. A one-man monument built over three decades piece by piece; it is a gradual accruement of hope, love and joy in physical form.

Less is known about the man who built it, Leonard Knight, mostly because that's the way he liked it. An unassuming man, he preferred to let his mountain speak for itself. It did just that, in bright, bold colors and optimistic messages.

After visiting the mountain multiple times, filmmakers Ben Stoddard and Dave Ehrenreich spent an intimate extended stay with Leonard at Salvation Mountain. Rather than add to the already vast lexicon on the mountain as an object, they chose to focus their attention on the man who built it. Through interviews with Leonard and his inner circle of friends that cared for him in his fading years, they hoped to learn about and showcase the enigmatic artist himself.

To learn more about the preservation of Salvation Mountain go here.

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