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How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 1: Prada Marfa)

Prada Marfa is a permanently installed sculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset, situated 1.4 miles (2.3 km) northwest of Valentine, Texas, just off U.S. Highway 90 (US 90), and about 26 miles (42 km) northwest of the city of Marfa.

A much-needed girls' trip is not complete without a stop at the Prada Marfa store. Don't believe the rumors. The place is neither a real Prada store nor is it rundown by vandals. Instead, the store stays kempt due to the most recent support from Ballroom Marfa and a protective local arts community.

The art installation debuted in 2005 as the brainchild of Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset of Denmark and Norway, respectively. Today, people place locks on the chain link fence behind the store, complete with names, dates and personal mantras. Don't have a lock? Leave a keychain with the name of your hometown.

Beyonce visited in 2012. Pictures of the iconic singer in front of the store can be found on her Tumblr.

If traveling from El Paso, the store is 37.1 miles northwest of Hotel Paisano, along U.S. 90 West.

Tips for the perfect Prada Marfa picture:

1) Plan your outfit. Whether it's cowboy boots and a frilly dress, or more likely, booties and a signature hat, you'll be thankful later.

2) Take a look at Beyonce's pose for her Prada Marfa pic in 2012. Lots of people try imitate the "Beyonce jump."

3) Snap some pics from in front of the store and snap some from across the two-lane desert highway to capture the dry desert land that surrounds the iconic structure.

Venture onward:

How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 2: Hotel Paisano)

How to act like a local in Marfa, Texas (Part 3: Eat like a local)

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