Ra Paulette, Cave Digger

With a keen sense of empty space and no drawings whatsoever, New Mexico artist Ra Paulette has been excavating caves for the past 25 years. Using simple tools like shovels, a maddox, and more back and forth trips with a wheelbarrow than you can imagine, he turns caves into beautiful meditation spaces. Always working alone, the 70 year old visionary sculptor has completed 14 expansive caves so far. He never has a plan for what the finished product will look like, but never fails to impress when his visions come to life.

In his words: “My final and most ambitious project is both an environmental and social art project that uses solitude and the beauty of the natural world to create an experience that fosters spiritual renewal and personal well being.  It is a culmination of everything I have learned and dreamed of in creating caves.”


Cavedigger Official Trailer (Academy Award Nominee – Best Short Documentary 2014):


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