For a while now, I’ve been pretty captivated by Leonard Knight and his technicolor mountain in the California desert known as Salvation Mountain (one more video here). I was so interested in this place and how seemingly weird it was that I made the trek out there last year around this time to go visit it (the photo above is from that trip).

Tonight, I found out that Leonard Knight has passed away at the age of 82. From what I’ve heard while speaking to volunteers at Salvation Mountain who keep it looking pristine, Leonard has been sick for quite some time now and recently hasn’t been living or visiting Salvation Mountain because of his illness. If you’ve watched the videos I’ve posted of him here, he genuinely seemed like a nice guy who just wanted to share love to everyone. RIP Leonard!