Ballroom Marfa Art Fund

Prada Marfa


Prada Marfa is a site specific, permanent land art project by artists Elmgreen & Dragset, commissioned by Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa. Modeled after a Prada boutique, the sculpture houses luxury goods from the famed brand’s fall 2005 collection of bags and shoes. Located on a barren stretch of highway one mile west of Valentine TX, the artwork will never function as a place of commerce, since the door is always locked. 

Established: October 1, 2005

Artists: Elmgreen & Dragset

Commissioners/Producers: Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa

Architects: Ron Rael and Virginia San Fratello; Joerg Boettger

Construction: The Maxwell Company Site

Site Representatives: Smokey Hall and Manny Perez

Project Patrons: Suzanne Tick and Terry Mowers

Transmissions—Interview with Elmgreen & Dragset

Artists Elmgreen and Dragset talk about how Prada Marfa has evolved and taken on a life of its own over its 15 years in West Texas.

Transmissions is Ballroom’s new interview series with Diana Nyugen, the former News Director at Marfa Public Radio and current producer of The Daily at the New York Times. Nyugen interviews Ballroom artists from past and present about their work in Marfa.