Sunday, March 02, 2014

CaveDigger

The Oscars are tonight, and while the annual event is full of the usual big names and Hollywood productions, there is an architecturally interesting candidate in the Documentary Short Subject category: CaveDigger.


[Images from cavediggerdocumentary.com]

According to the film's website:
"Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences.

"Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus."


Or as the artist describes it on his website:
"My final and most ambitious project is both an environmental and social art project that uses solitude and the beauty of the natural world to create an experience that fosters spiritual renewal and personal well being. It is a culmination of everything I have learned and dreamed of in creating caves.

"A mile walk in the wilderness becomes a pilgrimage journey to a hand dug, elaborately sculpted cave complex illuminated by the sun through multiple tunneled windows. The cave is both a shared ecumenical shrine and an otherworldly venue for presentations and performances designed to address issues of social welfare and the art of well being."


The film was directed and produced by Jeffrey Karoff with additional help from Anghel Decca (Director of Photography), Erin Nordstrom (Editor), Pete Min (Composer), and Mitch Dorf (Sound Mixer).

Trailer from Vimeo:


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