Salvation Mountain



Detour, December 1995 p.29 by Larry Yust.

Raw Vision #16, Fall 1996  by Larry Yust.

Preservation (magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation), September-October 1997

Santa Barbara Magazine, Fall 1997 by Michael Smith

Orion Magazine, Spring 1998 p.68-9 by Amy Godine.

Raw Vision #23, Summer 1998 "Top 10 List" by Jim Shaw

Time Magazine, August 17, 1998 p.18 "So Who's Crazy, Them or Us?"

Artforum International, November 1998 by Jim Shaw

Men's Journal, March 1999  p.95. 

Los Angeles Times Magazine, March 28, 1999, p. 20.

Folk Art Messenger  Summer 1999 Vol. 12 #3 p.4-7. "The Interactive Mountain of Leonard Knight" by Larry Yust 

Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, June 06, 1999 p21-3,28 by John Woestendiek.

Folk Art Messenger Fall 2000 Vol. 13 #3 p14-6

Chrismon Plus - Das evangelische Magazin June 2001 p.64-9 "Der heilige Berg des Leonard K." by Clark

Trailer Life Magazine February 2002 "Leonard's Mountain, California" p102,99 by Bill Graves.

Readers Digest July 2002 p22

Sun July 2, 2002 p. 41 "Faith moves mountains - and can build them!"

Svenska Journalen Läkarmissionen (Sweden) 2002, "Ett Berg Med Färg" by Lars Blomgren. 

The Economist 9/20-26/2003 p56  Vol. 368 #8342.

EZ Magazine (Japan) "Salvation Mountain - A Monument To Love" p.134 by Larry Yust.

Roadside USA (Japan) "California" p166-7 by Kyoichi Tsuzuki 

The National Geographic  March 2005

San Diego Weekly Reader; "Salvation Mountain." Cover and p.30. November 3, 2005 by Stephan Dobyns.

The Sun Runner, Cover and p.8 by Steve Brown. December 2008


Books                                                                                         »back to top«

Salvation Mountain - The Art of Leonard Knight, by Larry Yust.  New Leaf Press 1998. ISBN:0-9660778-9-X   

Eccentric America,  p.231-2. by Janet Friedman. Brant Travel Guides 2001. ISBN 1-84162-023-8   

Fantasy Worlds   by Deidi von Schaewed and John Maizels.  Taschen 1999.  ISBN:3-82287-1907

Art Cars by Harrod Blank.  Lark Books 2002.  ISBN:1579903304      
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Self-Made Worlds: Visionary Folk Art Environments by Roger Manley, Mark Sloan, Jonathan Williams.
Aperture 1997. ISBN:0893817325 

Eccentric Style by  Angelika Taschen, Deidi Von Schaewen.  Taschen 2002. ISBN:3822816388 

The Mad Monks Guide to California. ISBN: 0-02-831666-9 

Raw Creation.  Phaidon 1996. ISBN:0714831492

Outsider Art  p.188. Thames & Hudson 2001.  ISBN:0500203342

Roadtrip USA - California and the Southwest by Jamie Jensen p.152. Avalon Travel Publishing. 
    ISBN 1-56691-190-7.

Americas Heartland  p.205 by Robin Langley Sommer. Barnes and Noble Books 2002.
    ISBN 0-7607-3224-8.


Newspapers                                                                                               »back to top«

Los Angeles Times; "Tell it on the mountain - Modern Day John the Baptist's Hill in the Desert Is a Multicolored Obsession."  Nov 15, 1993.  pg. A3;  by Tony Perry.

Los Angeles Times; "Slab City Showdown - Artwork May Be Bulldozed as an Environmental Hazard."   Jul 11, 1994; pg. 3;  by Tony Perry.

Folkways (City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department Newsletter From Folk & Traditional Arts Division.) Critics Choice "Salvation Mountain" Spring 1998 p.7-8 by Daniel Paul.

Orange County Register; "The Painting On The Mount," by Carol McGraw  July 10, 1998.

Los Angeles Times; "A Mountain Man Of High Art, Holy Ideas."  March 4, 1999; by Tracy Johnson

The Lay Of The Land (The Quarterly Newsletter for The Center for Land Use Interpretation) Spring 1999 p.3. 

Washington Post; "A Monumental Belief" January 15, 2000 p. B9, by Bill Broadway and Michael Lutzky 

The Desert Sun, "Desert Life, Desert People Chronicle Slab City Rustics"  by Brian Skoloff January 23, 2000    

The Desert Sun, "Salvation Mountain Says It All." by Brian Skoloff January 23, 2000.   

New York Times; February 18, 2001

Los Angeles Times; "Salvation Mountain Artist Has Blessings Bestowed on His Work. Landmark labor of love in the desert is deemed a National Folk Art Shrine." by Tony Perry.  April 11, 2002.  pg. B.1

The Desert Sun; "Salvation Mountain is Monument to Folk Art" by Jorie and Gordon Parr, April 28, 2002    

Cape Cod Times; "Divine Inspiration," by Tony Perry,  May 9, 2002 p.B1,4. 

Modesto Bee; "Desert Hobo Artist Suddenly Declared National Treasure," by Tony Perry, May 13, 2002 p.D4 

Mercury News; "Once Cursed, Desert Artist is Celebrated Now. Painted Hill Hailed as Folk Art Shrine." by Tony Perry. June 1, 2002.    

Sacramento Bee, "Sending A Message. Salvation Mountain is a towering labor of Love." by Laura Mecoy.

The Press-Enterprise; "Wild Life. Residents take things slow and easy in Slab City." pp.B1,B6,  by Joan Osterwalder. September 27, 2004.

Hemet News, "Wild Life. Residents take things slow and easy in Slab City." pp.B1,B6,  by Joan Osterwalder. September 27, 2004.

The San Diego Union-Tribune;   Mountain Man. Leonard Knight's massive signature work is equal parts art and faith – and wholly visionary. by Robert L Pincus. May 1, 2005.   

The Desert Sun; "Art for the love of God" by Michelle Theriault. Special to The Desert Sun. September 8, 2005   

The Press-Enterprise; "His Mountain Moves Many." pp. A1,A9, by David Olson. May 31, 2008.

television & radio                                                     »back to top«       

California's Gold  Huell Howser  

Weird Homes  Episode #12 "Paradise Found," with Arthur Black. Yaletown Entertainment Corp. 1998. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

World News Tonight with Peter Jennings; "Salvation Mountain - Artist Shapes His Tribute to God," June 2, 2002, by Judy Muller.    

The Osgood File (CBS Radio Network): 5/15/03 and 8/21/03 by Charles Osgood. "Man-made Mountain Proclaims God's Message Of Love In California Desert."

Shrines and Homemade Holy Places - Episode 5 - "Men on their own trying to save the world." Markham Street Productions

and many unknown others........


MISCELLANEOUS                                                                 »back to top«          

Documentary: "Salvation Mountain: A Portrait of An Artist"  by Larry Yust 1994

Puzzle: Roadside America's travel puzzle of the United States   

Congressional Record: United States 107th Congress. Senate. Wednesday May 15, 2002 Vol.148 No.62. Leonard Knight and Salvation Mountain - A National Treasure. Submitted by Senator Barbara Boxer D - California. (Read the text)

Country music video: Shooter Jennings - "4th of July".  Shows Salvation Mountain in many of the scenes. 

Calendar: "Weird U.S. - Your 2005 Guide to America's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets." Barnes and Noble. 

Movie: "Into the Wild" directed by Sean Penn. Based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. Fall 2007. Leonard has a cameo appearance.

Compact Disc: The Christian rock group Third Day features Salvation Mountain and Leonard in their new release 'Revelation.'

Film: "Automorphisis" - by Harrod Blank. An intriguing study of Art Cars (including Leonard's) in the United States. February 2009.


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