The town of Marfa, Texas doesn't take kindly to public art installations that include brand names. This year, Scandinavian artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset's Prada Marfa installation—a permanently sealed Prada store 35 miles northwest of Marfa—was classified by Texas Department of Transportation as illegal advertising. Marfa residents reacted with similar antagonism to Richard Phillips' Playboy Marfa, a 40-foot neon sculpture done in conjunction with Playboy.
The giant Playboy bunny, however, is getting a new home at Dallas Contemporary for an exhibition on Phillips' work between May and April of 2014. The 500-mile move is the result of a deal with the Texas Department of Transportation, who deemed the sculpture illegal advertising in July and told Playboy they had 45 days to remove it.
"We have been working to find a solution to this, so we are happy this has been resolved and that Texans will still get to enjoy this piece of art," Veronica Beyer, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation, told AP.
Beyer sees no solution for the Prada Marfa installation, however. Also, it is still undecided what will happen to Phillips' sculpture once the exhibition at Dallas Contemporary is over.
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