El Paso artist displays neon-sculpture in Marfa, TxDot orders it to be removed

El Paso artist displays neon-sculpture in Marfa, TxDot orders it to be removed
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 9:46am

El Paso artist Rene Nevarez showcased his large-scale neon sculpture in the heart of Marfa during  Chinati Foundation Weekend, October 11-13, 2013.

Nevarez traveled with the giant replica of the El Paso Power Plant sign from El Paso to the tiny west Texas artist enclave to display his sculpture in front of the Presidio County Courthouse. The sculpture, lighted by a generator, stood in front of the historic courthouse for nearly 24 hours before TxDot ordered it to be removed.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm and energy," said Jennifer Wright about the reception to the artwork in Marfa. "It means so many things to so many different people," added Luc Wells, president of El Paso Saddleblanket.

The neon POWER sculpture was the latest piece ordered taken down by TXDOT after Playboy was ordered to remove a controversial roadside object that is considered by many to be an ad for Playboy. The famous Prada Marfa art installation is also under review by TXDOT.

Rene plans to exhibit the sculpture in the same manner throughout different places in the region, including right here in El Paso along the banks of the Rio Grande.

Listen to the interview Nevarez gave with Mara Public Radio here.

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