If you’re a seeker of the off-beat and the off-grid, you’ve probably come across Salvation Mountain on your internet or real-life travels.
This ravishing burst of colour, a monument to hope, love and joy in the Colorado desert outside Niland, California, was built by one man over three decades, piece by piece. That man was Leonard Knight, who as you might have heard, passed away earlier this year after thirty years of living in the desert out of his truck. Since the news of his death, I’ve been waiting for something worthy to pay homage to his story. Without saying too much, this moving portrait by filmmakers Ben Stoddard and David Ehrenreich helps us not necessarily to understand, but to quietly revere the mysterious artist and outsider of society.
This is the man behind the mountain, filmed just before his passing…
“Let’s all love each other and keep it simple.”