Citizens of Earth

Marfa, Texas is no stranger to contemporary art. The desert town is full of large-scale installations including Elmgreen and Dragset's Prada Marfa and the minimalist sculptures of Donald Judd. It's also on the US and Mexico border so when Marc Thorpe wanted to create a piece that would question the value of international boundaries in the 21st-century, the location seemed fitting. The proposed installation is a polished steel disc resembling a flying saucer. Floating above the desert terrain, its shiny facade will reflect its surroundings, blending into the landscape at certain times of the day and blurring the distinction between night and day, solid and void, and even the two neighboring countries.

Photos: Marc Thorpe Design

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