Real-life sand castle! Look inside the hidden away cave home in the desert that took over two years to sculpt from sand and stone
Look inside the hidden away cave home in the desert that took over two years to sculpt from sand and stone.
Ra Paulette bored into sandstone with his bare hands to create the mesmerising mountainside abode in Embudo, New Mexico.
Carefully carved, the home hosts impressive murals from fascinating patterns to naked lovers along the sound in a slumber.
It took 20 hours each week and over two years to complete the impressive building, some of Paulette’s other work has taken over a decade to sculpt.
Most of the locations formed by the creator are hidden away from public view and inaccessible private residents, buried among their modest landscapes.
Photographer Julien McRoberts, 55, from New York City, New York, visited unusual home with model Angelina Padilla to document its impressive feats.
She found the site ‘tranquil’ and was surprised to discover a drum had been built into one of the floors, which when struck reverberates through the walls.
Julien said: There is a very spiritual quality about the space when you are in there, it is hard to explain.
“It is just something you feel when you are surrounded by the astonishing beauty which was all created by hand with only the available material – sandstone.
“There are wonderful nichos that are filled with interesting reliefs and I loved the way the light and shadows played off of them.
“The bedroom had a stunning relief of women carved into the wall but my favorite was when the owner said ‘Sit right there in that nicho.’
“When I did he stated to do a dance with his feet stomping up and down on the wooden floor. Instantly I realized it was a drum of sorts built into the floor itself.
“I was completely enveloped by the sound and could feel the drum beats reverberating through my body.
“When you were outside of the nicho it did not have the same effect. Very cool. Drum circles are kind of a thing in New Mexico.
“I feel most fortunate to have had the rare opportunity to do a photoshoot in one of his caves and it was truly a unique and memorable experience like no other.
“I am also most grateful to the owners who allowed this to happen.”
Unlike many of Ra Paulette’s work, this cave was a commissioned and now serves as a home.
Julien said: “The caves that Ra Paulette creates area a labor of love and are completely done by hand with his trusty dog at his side.
“Most of his caves are strictly for his own artistic pleasure and this in one of the very few commissioned caves and the only one with running water and electricity.
“This location took over 2 years, 20 hours each week to complete.
“Ra bores into the sandstone creating the space by hand. He is a cave digger in every sense of the word.
“Some of his caves have taken 10 years to complete – most are hidden and not accessible to the public.”
To see more of her work visit: www.julienmcroberts.com.