For the last quarter century Ra Paulette has been living and working in the American high desert, carving amazing sandstone homes into the cliffs. His only coworker is his pet dog.
Paulette produces his architectural wonders by hand without the slightest bit of technology. Usually, the only tools he uses are a shovel, a pick axe, and a stone scraper. He never went to architecture school and he never studied engineering, so why does he do it?
In his own words, Paulette says that he creates the homes as a way of promoting “spiritual renewal and personal well being.” The secluded nature of the caves and the desolation of the surrounding landscape certainly provide plenty of time for though and self-reflection.
When he speaks of his work, Paulette doesn’t see himself as a construction worker, but more as an artist. He has been interviewed countless times and described his inspiration in the following passage:
“It has a lot to do with the juxtaposition of opposites, the sense of being underground with the light streaming in; the intimacy of being in a cave, yet the columns are very large, sometimes thirty to forty feet high.”
The photos below show some of his awe-inspiring creations.
Definitely looks like a place that a man could get a quiet night’s rest.
This is a virtual tour of a sandstone cave house if you are curious:
For more on the life and art of Ra Paulette you can check out the Academy Award-nominated, 2014 documentary Cave Digger.