When the Big Bend Sentinel broke the news on May 30 of the Playboy Marfa installation plans, the story quickly spread to the arts journals and arts blogs. It was almost as quickly erected (finished mid-June) just outside of Marfa by New York contemporary artist Richard Phillips and Playboy’s Creative Director of Special Projects Neville Wakefield.
Within days after that, reports the El Paso Times, Marfa CPA Lineaus Lorette filed a complaint that led to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDot) decision to declare the sculpture a sign without a permit. “I was really ambivalent. It’s a beautifully made sign,” Lorette said. “The problem is that it’s a sign. The rules have to apply to everybody.
TxDot has now given Playboy 45 days to remove the sculpture.
also by Paula Newton
- Trump’s Proposed Budget to Kill National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities - May 24th, 2017
- Austin Art: People Have the Power - May 23rd, 2017
- Performance Artist Solange Does the Guggenheim - May 22nd, 2017
- Art League Houston Names New Director - May 19th, 2017
- Texas State Artists Selected for 2018 - May 18th, 2017