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Artist Hand-Carves These Stunning Caves In The Cliffs Of New Mexico

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Artist Hand-Carves These Stunning Caves In The Cliffs Of New Mexico

Ra Paulette is an American artist who carves magnificent, cathedral-like caves into the sandstone cliffs of northern New Mexico.

He's been carving out these stunning, subterranean spaces for over 25 years now and no two caves are the same. Paulette creates these stunning designs by hand, carefully chiseling away at the soft sandstone. He adds flourishes like scallop patterns, moulded curves, and inlaid stones.

Paulette has built 14 different caves scattered around the desert north of Santa Fe. Many were commissioned pieces that were never fully finished due to artistic differences.

Eventually, it came time for Paulette to forgo commission and make his own personal cave. This Magnum Opus has been in the works for 10 years now and promises to be stunning. Learn more about Paulette's work from the documentary Cave Digger.

Via Atlas Obscura & Design Boom

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