Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain is a visionary environment covering a hill in the Colorado Desert, north of Calipatria, northeast of Niland near Slab City, several miles from the Salton Sea. It is in Imperial County, California.

The artwork is made from adobe, straw, and thousands of gallons of lead-free paint. Salvation Mountain was created by local resident Leonard Knight. It encompasses numerous murals and areas painted with Christian sayings and Bible verses, though its philosophy was built around the Sinner’s Prayer.

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Moss Lady

The weather was pretty grey at the end of the day yesterday so I figured landscape shots were out so I headed out to Beacon Hill Park to get some night shots. I’d seen pics of this new sculpture in the park that raised my curiosity so I went in search. It was a cool spot indeed, however the log post fence around it sort of ruined the natural perspective I envisioned when I first saw the piece. This was definitely added later which is too bad and meant I had to get in a bit closer than I wanted. You have to work with what you got. I took some shots before it got dark out,some of these I can definitely see using for some collages in the future,thats what I was really thinking at first.

I thought this would look best at night so after walking around for a bit waiting for the light to disappear I returned and did some night exposures and even some with a little light painting for effect.

The Moss Lady was inspired by the ‘Mud Maiden’ (below) found in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in England, one of England’s most popular botanical gardens. A team of City of Victoria staff brought the Moss Lady to life in 2015. She is 11 metres long and 1.7 metres high. The sculpture was constructed with a stainless steel frame, cement, boulders, metal pipe, vinyl-coated chicken wire and a clay-based soil created with an acidic PH suitable for moss.  The cattail and club moss were harvested from Vancouver Island.  An irrigation system mists the moss for a few minutes each day.  The hair is made of flowering crocosmia plants.