Prada Marfa sits isolated outside Valentine, just off US Route 90. It is hard to imagine the local Texas community stocking up on Muiccia Prada’s latest leathers, or cowboys running reckless around the desert in snakeskin stilettos. No doubt the odd one has tried to break in. On October 4th 2005, just three days after the sculpture was initially erected, vandals broke in seizing the entire shops worth, leaving no trace behind except a graffitied exterior. The artists Elmgreen & Dragset designed the sculpture as a “site specific, land art project”. Amidst the parched Texan desert, the eerie sculpture is weirdly funny, yet at the same time is a cemented time capsule.  A hauntingly empty monument of our time, for years to come.


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