#WanderLAD: Magnum Opus Livable Art Installation
So you made it past the dreaded Monday, and yet for some reason you woke up this morning thinking it was Friday. We feel ya. You're stuck at your desk and now more than ever, the day seems to be dragging on. At this point, your mind starts to wander...and we want to wander with you.
This week, let's pack our bags and get lost in…
Magnum Opus livable art installation, New Mexico
A mile deep in the wilderness of New Mexico, 70-year-old Ra Paulette is working alone on his ‘Magnum Opus’, an extraordinary livable artwork buried in the geology of a rare type of sandstone. As a young child, he quit school and decided to explore everything in through his own perception. Now, Ra has been digging caves for 30 years, spending most of his time working in solitude, running only on passion, instinct and the company of his dog.
The rare sandstone is unique to an area of New Mexico that was once the shoreline of an ancient sea. Its composition is very sturdy, yet soft enough that Ra can sculpt and carve the designs and architecture in a fraction of the time it would take with more common compositions. When he first discovered the material he works with, he was unsure of its safety and would wear a thank you note to his possible rescuers around his neck while digging, just in case if they ever had to enter a collapsed cave to save him.
Ra is a self-proclaim ‘digger of caves and piler of rocks’ and says that he ‘feels’ the spaces that he digs, working entirely on instinct and experience with unique material that he seeks out for his projects. Although Ra’s caves are extraordinary works of art, he remains incredibly modest.