Sculpture

Ra Paulette's Hand-Dug Luminous Caves

April 03, 2017

Everyday for the last ten years American artist Ra Paulette has hiked alone a mile into the sandstone mesas of northern New Mexico and carved out incredible light-filled caves one wheelbarrow at a time.

Watch the Academy Award-nominated documentary film "Cave Digger" here.

"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. A mile walk in the wilderness becomes a pilgrimage journey to a hand dug, elaborately sculpted cave complex illuminated by the sun through multiple tunneled windows. The cave is both a shared ecumenical shrine and an otherworldly venue for presentations and performances designed to address issues of social welfare and the art of well being." —Ra Paulette