marfa, tx


this week marks the start of south by southwest – a music festival held in austin, tx.  austin is an amazing city but this post is not about austin, it is about marfa... a tiny town one hour from the border of mexico that few people have heard of.  i went here last summer and it was one of the coolest towns i’ve ever visited.

we stayed at el cosmico – basically an outdoors hotel with refurbished trailers, yurts and teepees for the guests to stay in. if you don’t know what a yurt is look at those white blob things in the back of the above photo.

the famous artist donald judd relocated to marfa in 1977 and started the chinati foundation – a publicly funded institution that houses artists and lets them exhibit their work on the grounds.  before donald judd transformed the chinati foundation into a giant art installation, it was an army base.

dan flavin, another amazing artist who has an exhibit at the chinati foundation, uses fluorescent lights in many of his pieces.

this is prada, marfa – an installation by the artists elmgreen and dragset. there actually are bags and shoes inside it but you can’t go inside.  elmgreen and dragset call it  a “pop architectural land art project.”

– smiley


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