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The Prada Marfa art installation has stood alone in the West Texas plains for eight years, its high-end Italian fashion goods available to no one.
Now, state officials say the shack-sized building along a rural U.S. highway near Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement, and they’re considering what to do about a structure that’s a must-see for passing tourists and a must-hit for vandals.
Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset designed the piece to resemble a Prada storefront and slowly disintegrate. It went up in 2005 on private land in Valentine, Texas.
[Boyd Elder, a local artist and Prada Marfa site representative] said the idea was originally to place the installation along a highway that leads to Las Vegas.
"It was going to be called Prada Nevada, but then someone suggested we put it in Valentine, and we all laughed," he recalls. "It was a joke to put it in the middle of nowhere."
Since it opened, vandals have hit the store numerous times, including a break-in where thieves discovered the bags — which sell for hundreds of dollars — had the bottoms removed and only the right shoe of each pair was on display. The window panes were eventually replaced with bullet-resistant polycarbonate.
Photo: Matt Slocum/AP