[Excerpted from an Associated Press Article by Michael Graczyk]
These are tough times for Prada Marfa, the quirky art project standing alone in the remote desert of Jeff Davis County in far West Texas.
If the harsh environment doesn’t provide enough stress, the 15-foot-by-25-foot adobe cube building intended to masquerade as a boutique of the luxury Italian fashion house is being battered by vandals.
Graffiti is spray painted on an exterior wall and bullet holes pepper the windows that front U.S. Highway 90 about 35 miles west of the internationally known art mecca of Marfa. A steel post that held a dedication marker next to the structure appears to have been mowed down by a vehicle.
“I’m disappointed with the way it is,” says Boyd Elder, the local site representative for the 6-year-old $100,000 project designed by Berlin-based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. “We’re dealing with it. It’s just a matter of budget. We’re going to take the graffiti off and make some changes … as soon as we can come up with some money.”
Elder rescued the damaged dedication plaque and said he’ll reinstall it as part of the repairs.
But Elmgreen, in an email to The Associated Press, says these latest incidents of destruction may mean it’s time to pull the plug on the entire project.
“The store has been attacked before,” he said. “And when it will get restored again, the vandalism will for sure happen again, too.
“At some point, we might ask the local authorities to take responsibility for it and if they show no interest, it might be time for tearing it down and only keep it as a wonderful memory.”