This Man Has Spent 10 Years Alone Inside This Cave... Creating His Masterpiece

December 2, 2014

It might not look like much from the outside, but for Ra Paulette, it's what's on the inside that counts.

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

The American artist has spent the past 10 years working on his masterpiece inside a cave in New Mexico.

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

He works alone with only the company of his dog, carving his designs into the sandstone walls.

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

"Manual labor is the foundation of my self expression," Pauelette writes on his website. "To do it well, to do it beautifully, is a 'whole-person' activity, engaging mental and emotional strengths as well as physical strength."

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

"When digging and excavating the caves I break down all the movements into their simplest parts and reassemble them into the most efficient patterns and strategies that will accomplish the task while maintaining bodily ease."

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

"I'm fond of calling this the dance of digging,  and it is the secret of how this old man can get so much done."

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

artist cave
Credit: Ra Paulette

(H/T) BoredPanda. Visit Ra Paulette's website for more information.

In 2010, Paulette was approached about making a film documenting his work. The result is the award winning short film "CaveDigger."

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