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Salvation Mountain

KPBS visited Salvation Mountain in January 2012 and production assistant Claire Caraska captured these photos via the Instagram app for iPhone.

Salvation Mountain, a large-scale artwork by artist Leonard Knight, is located just east of Niland, Calif.

Salvation Mountain, a large-scale artwork by artist Leonard Knight, is located just east of Niland, Calif.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Slab City, "The Last Free Place in America," is located 155 miles east of San Diego.

Slab City, "The Last Free Place in America," is located 155 miles east of San Diego.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Signs welcoming different clubs to Slab City.

Signs welcoming different clubs to Slab City.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Welcome sign at Salvation Mountain.

Welcome sign at Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

One of the trucks that artist Leonard Knight lived in.

One of the trucks that artist Leonard Knight lived in.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A photo of artist Leonard Knight on the front of his truck.

A photo of artist Leonard Knight on the front of his truck.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A mailbox is one of many objects that Leonard Knight painted at Salvation Mountain.

A mailbox is one of many objects that Leonard Knight painted at Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A boat painted by Leonard Knight at Salvation Mountain.

A boat painted by Leonard Knight at Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Over the years, visitors have donated thousands of gallons of paint. Several cans sit at the base of the mountain.

Over the years, visitors have donated thousands of gallons of paint. Several cans sit at the base of the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A window decal on an abandoned car parked at Salvation Mountain.

A window decal on an abandoned car parked at Salvation Mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A detail of the mountain.

A detail of the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A detail of the mountain.

A detail of the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Leonard Knight's painting adorns various items around the mountain.

Leonard Knight's painting adorns various items around the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Leonard Knight's message of universal love is painted on various parts of the mountain, as well as items around the mountain.

Leonard Knight's message of universal love is painted on various parts of the mountain, as well as items around the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Leonard Knight constructed Salvation Mountain using adobe, hay and thousands of gallons of paint.

Leonard Knight constructed Salvation Mountain using adobe, hay and thousands of gallons of paint.

Photo by Claire Caraska

One of the donated trucks, which Leonard Knight painted and converted into his house.

One of the donated trucks, which Leonard Knight painted and converted into his house.

Photo by Claire Caraska

A view of the shrine built inside the mountain.

A view of the shrine built inside the mountain.

Photo by Claire Caraska

Salvation Mountain at dusk.

Salvation Mountain at dusk.

Photo by Claire Caraska

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