Prada Shop In Texas Ruled Illegal

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 US highway near Marfa is an illegal roadside advertisement, and they are 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. But it wasn’t in the sights of the Texas Department of Transportation until Playboy this summer installed a 40-foot (12-metre) neon bunny along the same highway. The Prada people don’t have permits.

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