Ra Paulette is an artist residing in New Mexico. After becoming frustrated with patrons due to artistic differences, Paulette decided to take matters into his own hands, quite literally. Everyday, Paulette hikes into the desert to work on what is deemed to be his life’s masterpiece. For the last 10 years, Paulette has been intricately carving a sandstone cave with no one but his dog for company. The purpose of this project, is to create an underground space, filled with light. The caves are not lit by any means of electricity or fire. Rather, each chamber has skylights and passageways carved into them that allow light to pass through. Each space is also different in its design and carvings. The aim, is to conceive a space that instills “spiritual renewal and personal well being”. Many who have visited the site say that the images do not do the artwork justice, and that walking through these caves is a surreal experience. In the future, once completed, the caves will serve as an artistic venue. In 2014, a short documentary called “Cave Digger“ was made about Paulette and his work. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the short documentary category, and received great reviews. It delves into the motivating drive and spirit behind Paulette work and life as an artist.
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