Friday, December 8, 2023

Is Prince Behind the Playboy Marfa Project?

Just back from London, but I heard about this last week and have been meaning to write a bit about it.

According to Texas-based, Big Bend Now,

Playboy Enterprises Inc. has begun installing a large-scale sculpture on the outskirts of Marfa, but mystery surrounds the motives behind the installation.

The installation consists of the Playboy bunny icon onto of a 40-foot pole and a muscle car sitting on top of a concrete block. Other than that, little is known about this art project. For one, Playboy is leasing about 6,500 square feet of land and, two, according to Presidio County Judge Paul Hunt’s office, writer, curator and artist Neville Wakefield is working on the temporary installation.

Due to its temporal nature the project seems to have gotten approval from the Texas locals. However, it seems that if the project had run afoul of the “dark sky ordinance,” we probably would have had a different outcome.

Our guess? What’s the likelihood that Richard Prince is behind this project? Wagers?

Marfa Public Radio (an awesome radio station) has more here.

UPDATE: June 19, 2013

We were wrong. According to the NY Times, it’s not Richard Prince, it’s Richard Phillips.


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