For the past 25 years, Ra Paulette has been carving into the sandstone hills of New Mexico, sculpting his own exquisite caves, making them into works of art that he calls wilderness shrines.

These intricate caves are created with manual tools only, like shovels and picks, and are illuminated by the sun through multiple tunneled windows.

The artist doesn’t make a profit on his passion — just earns a living — and is as happy underground working alone as anyone you will ever find above ground.

Ra’s website has more photos, but check out these videos…

(WATCH the incredible story from CBS Sunday Morning)

Here is another one…

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