Leonard Knight, an artist and believer with a mission at his Salvation Mountain
"My dream has come true a million times over," said Knight, 78, putting down his paintbrush long enough to describe his passion.
His message, painted on a three-story-tall mound of earth and adobe, is unchanging: God Is Love. "Don't get complicated, keep it simple," he said.
Simple but heartfelt is Knight's artistic desire. And a daily stream of visitors comes to visit Knight and his creation.
"I don't know anything about the modern world," he said. "I'm just out here in the wild -- happy as can be."
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-- Tony Perry in Imperial Valley
Photo: Leonard Knight, 78, an eccentric artist and creator of Salvation Mountain on the east side of the Salton Sea, near Niland. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times