If you stumbled upon Ra Paulette’s cave (yes his cave) deep in the heart of New Mexico, you might think you’ve discovered a cave hundreds of years old — used for some unknown reason by people in the past.
However, if you wandered into the great expanse of it you would most likely discover Paulette, chipping away at the earth, like he has been doing by himself for the past 10 years with only his dog to keep him company.
From afar, the outside is fairly discrete.
The pictures taken from a little closer, however, are truly a hand chiseled, carved, and sculpted wonder to behold.
Paulette is “through working for other people.” He wanted to create something that would last, that would be useful, and be completely his own.
His final product, Paulette hopes will “foster spiritual renewal and personal well-being.”
His inspiration comes from deep within:
“Sometimes I feel more like an archeologist who’s uncovering some that’s already there.”
On his website he explains, “Manual labor is the foundation of my self expression.”
“To do it well, to do it beautifully, is a “whole-person” activity, engaging mental and emotional strengths as well as physical strength.”
There’s no heights he won’t go to to make sure everything is perfect.
A before and after shot…
Paulette admits that his final project is also his most ambitious, but he knows that it will be worth it.
Like most of us, Paulette’s work of passion is, in no doubt, partly for personal satisfaction. But, in his own way, he is also leaving a legacy of beauty and opportunity for reflection through hard work and determination that future generations can appreciate as well.
Images courtesy of Imgur.