Some people sculpt sculpture, while others are building houses. A Ra Paulette digs cathedrals in the mountains. Over the past 25 years, he cut the huge and intricately decorated caves in the sandstone of New Mexico, working completely alone. He uses only hand tools, including a pick, a shovel and wheelbarrow. He completed 14 of these bands, one of which you can buy for $ 995 000.
If the price tag does not give you a sense of scale, look at the pictures. The spaces created by Paulette justify the word "council" in scale and beauty. Curved walls decorated with shells, leaves and patterns look very exciting. Paulette has no plans to advance its work, he simply says: "I feel the emptiness».
Stubbornness Paulette almost as famous as his cave. His relationship with clients notoriously complex as documentary films nominated for "Oscar". Since Paulette tired that it is used more as a "brush", not as an artist, a masterpiece on which he is working, is in a secret location - a project on which he started to work before, but collapsed during digging. It is expected that its completion will leave ten years.
In 1938 the sculptor Veit Harvey bought the abandoned copper and vitriolic careers in New York City for $ 250. The site was abandoned when the concrete has killed the demand for the breed. Veit location was needed as a source of materials for the work, but a trip to the restored ruins of the Mayan civilization in Honduras inspired him to something else - to transform itself into a work of art careers.
The result was a 6, a 5-acre sculptural ensemble, which one critic described as "the most attractive work of art in the whole continent." Veit has worked for several decades, using only hand tools to place stones in the maze of twisty passages, the center of which is a monolithic stone. In Veit it took 12 years for permission to take it from a nearby stream after its discovery. Among the ladders and passageways is also an amphitheater and a creek.
In addition, the sculptural ensemble Veit took the time to build a museum next door. In 1972, he named his creation "Opus 40", because he believed that the completion of the work he will leave as much as 40 years. He died from a fall in the ensemble in 1976, after 37 years of construction.
Not every artist can realize his vision. Australian artist Tony Phantastes spent six years working in the city collector, New South Wales, with a population of about 400 people. The photographs of his work does not look very impressive and seems to be just a beautiful fence. But if you notice a spiral staircase at one end of it, or a photo of someone standing next to you numb sense of scale: the height of the construction of seven meters, and length - 24 meters.
According Phantastes "gates themselves grew out of the landscape." Their curved shape designed to reflect the natural world around the gate, especially the nearby trees. In 1999, the authorities were worried about the structural integrity of the sculpture and ordered to demolish it. After litigation Phantastes agreed to make changes to prevent the demolition, but was saddled with huge legal costs, so his work remains unfinished.
In 1945 Moussa Abdul Karim al Maamari was 14-year-old boy who dreamed of building a castle. Despite the ridicule teachers and classmates, he and his uncle got a job on the restoration of the fortress in the nearby town. His enthusiasm brought him real skill, and the next 17 years he spent on the reconstruction of castles and palaces. In 1962 Moussa has bought a plot of land and 6,000 stones to spend the next 60 years in the construction of the castle autograph.
Many of the blocks carved in the form of keys, sun, animals and other characters. Skills and experience are evident Moussa. The castle has a moat and drawbridge, and everything inside literally comes to life as animatronic figures reproduce the life of Libya XIX-th and XX-th centuries. Among them - the playback of a scene from the life of Musa, when his teacher punished him for a picture of the castle in the class and said that he never will achieve nothing.
Smith Mansion in Wyoming nicknamed the "madhouse." One look at the five-storey building, located 24 km from Yellowstone and you will understand why. If the building was constructed to embody the mess we would have it. It looks like a pagoda in the midst of destruction.
The house became part of local folklore. There are many rumors concerning his appointment - from the observation tower of the volcano to the embodiment of sleep a madman. People who know the builder, Francis Lee Smith, insisting that he was an artist and that "he had nothing to do with madness." The building was built as a family home, and it continued to grow, becoming an obsession Smith.
The frame of the building is made of pine, which Smith found after a forest fire, and the floor had once belonged to the school gym hall. Smith worked without a plan. The house does not provide a bedroom, but there is a miniature basketball court built for his son. Smith is sleeping in a giant swing, suspended from the ceiling in the house, which is buried in the hillside.
Smith died after falling from the roof in 1992. The house soon became the victim of vandalism and criminal elements, but Smith's daughter has recently launched a project for the conservation and conversion into a museum.
Regent - a small town in North Dakota, with a population of about 160-year-man who has reached a maximum of 400 people in 1950, but one resident of the city is not going to let die without a fight. Gary Graff - a retired teacher, decided to keep the city alone turning it into a tourist center in 1990.
Despite the fact that he had no experience of working with metal, Graff has built ten giant metal sculptures along the highway in the Regent, who earned the name of "Enchanted Highway».
Among the sculptures there are tin family, a huge metal grasshopper and Teddy Roosevelt on horseback. Graff was the record for the world's largest metal statue sculpture due goose in flight. Image Canadian goose has 33, 5 meters long, one and a half times greater in width and weighs over 71 tons.
Graff added picnic areas and playgrounds around the sculptures, he oversees parking and fences and even mow the lawn yourself. Recently, he turned to close the primary school in Regent's castle-themed hotel with a drawbridge and armor. Graff was still engaged in sculpture and has no plans to stop his personal project to transform the city. "It will end when the end, but until I try to bring it to perfection" - he says.
In 1907 Mason Lino Bueno was hired city Alkaleya del Pinar to excavate blocks of limestone for use in public buildings. He worked for seven years and in that time has created a large enough space to call home, and moved there with his wife and five children.
Over the next 20 years, he continued to expand, cutting out the kitchen and two bedrooms in the limestone. His work attracted the attention of the Spanish King Alfonso XIII, and Bueno was rewarded for his work and perform their civic duty Medal of Merit. He continued to work until his death on the eighth decade. The house became a refuge during the Spanish Civil War, and in 1978 King Juan Carlos placed a plaque on it.
Filippo was Bentivenya Sicilian immigrant who arrived in the US in 1913 in search of work. After six years of his tenure, he was involved in a fight and received a blow to the head. The injury affected his mental state, which is why he was unable to work. In 1919, the year Bentivenya was sent back to Italy for the trial for desertion and non-participation in military operations in the First World War. He was spared jail because he was recognized as mentally ill, and spent the money earned in America, for the purchase of farms.
On the farm Bentivenya started carving. Every stone on his farm, he turned to the head. When he ran out of stones on the surface, he dug a cave in the ground and cut the head into the walls. He also cut a person's olive trees. He created thousands of persons seemingly without reason. His obsession is not only earned him a reputation as a madman, but also made him a celebrity.
When Pearl Freire moved to Bishopville, South Carolina, in 1982, he was not yet a garden sculptor. While they searched the house, Freire and his wife, the former African Americans are denied due to racial stereotypes, because people believed that they could not keep the house clean. In Freire had no experience of gardening, but he was determined to prove them wrong by winning the award for "Yard of the month».
It quickly became a passion, and in the last 30 years of his garden has become a world attraction with more than 300 plants. Freire spent years cultivating plants beautiful complex forms, following his instinct. His message of "Love, peace and goodwill" is carved on the ground. Despite his success Freire remains modest. Thinking about visiting Japan, he said: "In my wildest dreams I could not imagine that people go so far as to look at the clipped bushes».
In 1959, 15-year-old Jim Bishop bought 2, 5 acres of land in Colorado, and ten years later began to build the house. He still continues, and the result was the largest building ever built by one person. The main tower of the castle Bishop - 49 meters in height. Each part of the 50,000-ton building was put into place by the Bishop. He worked without direction, without a plan, or - as it seems - a lot of respect in the construction industry.
The result was that you could find somewhere between "Lord of the Rings" and "Mad Max." Wrought iron bridges and walkways wrap around and are connected at the tops of the towers. The most exciting feature of the castle - dragon head sticking out of the stained-glass window of the main hall. It's made of old metal hospital trays, but actually breathing fire with the help of a hot air balloon burner, fireplace in the lock releasing smoke through her nostrils. Now breathing dragon shoots two meters, but plans to increase the range of up to nine meters.
Bishop claims that mastered the art work and talk at the same time, so the visitors are delighted, but they should not forget that he was working without a net, so they have to deny liability by signing the guest book. Currently he is working on a dungeon Bishop, although it was not planned, like everything else. According to the Bishop, "that's really true about the work without drawings - is the fact that if you make a mistake, you call it art».