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A trip to Marfa Texas, a creative oasis and artist wonderland.

A trip to Marfa wonderland

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retty sure you have heard about Marfa, Texas by now.  If not, let me tell you why you should stop by there if you have a chance.  Well, Texas it’s a huge state and Marfa is far from the capital but well worth your time and drive.

Marfa Texas became an art cultural center for contemporary artists and artisans after one of the pioneers Donald Judd made it his residence as an antidote to the hectic New York life.  Located on highway 90 about 3 hours drive from El Paso, Texas, this isolated little stretch of land attracts the inquisitive and creative minds.

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Perhaps the solitude of the desert allows the mind isolation and quietness to create. What you find in the quiet corner of Texas is not quite what you would expect for a small town. In the Art scene this small town holds its own among the bigger cities in Texas. It boasts of big art installations and attracts a great number of artists from around the world.

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Welcoming you to Marfa. The Sign gives you the origin of the place and a little bit of what to expect.

The Chinati foundation host resident artists of diverse backgrounds, nationalities and different disciplines and age groups providing them with unique opportunities in a natural environment to create.

Marfa Texas, Chinati Gallery

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Chinati Gallery on the 400 acres site

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One of the 15 Untitled work in concrete by Donald Judd

PICS Cobra Rock

Top Left Cobra Rock in Marfa. Top Right profile of unique South Highland boots Bottom Left, Highland boot with Customer sizing chart.
Bottom Right, Illustration of Sole stitching machine from 1920.

The boots are sold online through cobra rock website and we were told there is a 8 month wait lists for one of these custom made boots.

One of the main draws to visiting Marfa is the proximity to Valentine, TX which is the location of Prada Marfa. A permanently installed sculpture by duo Michael Elmgreen of Denmark and Ingar Dragset of Norway created in 2005.

The structure has 2 large windows displaying actual Prada shoes and handbags from the fall/winter 2005 collection provided by Miuccia Prada herself.

Prada Store, Marfa Texas by Akin Abayomi for Livingfash

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scenic drive to Marfa.

The drive was long and the stay was short but it was worth it. If you ever find yourself making the trip through Texas from Florida to California this a place worth stopping at. You may find yourself wishing for a longer stay.

Images by Akin Abayomi
Words by Akin and Elizabeth Livingfash
XOXO LIVINGFASH