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Nestled in the heart of the West Texas desert, Marfa, a small town of about 2000 people, embodies creativity and minimalism. Its most renowned piece is the breathtaking Giant Marfa Mural, an Instagram-favorite that perfectly captures the town’s artistic spirit.

History

The town of Marfa became a hub for the minimalist art movement in the 1970s, when artist Donald Judd moved there. The Giant Marfa Mural, painted by artists John Cerney and Bob Coronato, depicts classic movie stars and is actually a homage to the 1956 film “Giant”, which was filmed in Marfa itself.

How to Get There

Marfa is located in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos in far West Texas, between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park. The closest airport is Midland International Air and Space Port, about three hours away. The Giant Marfa Mural can be easily found near East Dallas Street and North Austin Street.

List of Attractions

  • Giant Marfa Mural: This large-scale work captures Marfa’s Hollywood history in a vibrant, photo-ready way.
  • Chinati Foundation: A contemporary art museum established by Donald Judd.
  • Marfa Lights Viewing Center: A unique spot dedicated to viewing the mysterious Marfa Lights phenomenon.
  • Prada Marfa: A sculptural project that embodies a “luxury shop” in the middle of nowhere.

Ticket Information

There’s no admission fee to view the Giant Marfa Mural. If you plan to visit the Chinati Foundation though, tickets for self-guided tours are $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for locals and members.

Tips for Visiting

  • For best lighting and minimal crowds at the mural, consider visiting in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Bring your camera. The art and scenery in Marfa are truly photogenic.
  • Enrich the experience by exploring other art installations around town.
  • Respect local ordinances and property during your visit.

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