Marfa Playboy Bunny Sign Must Be Taken Down, TXDOT Says

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If you've ever been out to Marfa, you know it's a different kind of place. Different from any other small town in West Texas and a far cry from any other town on the planet, most likely. Lately, another bit of different has popped up in Marfa in the form of a pair of rabbit ears and the outline of a bunny known around the world as the one associated with Playboy.

Known as a haven for artists and the like, Marfa is a town made up of art stuffs -- Prada Marfa, an installation that looks a lot like a high-end fashion boutique, is one of the best known -- and earlier this year, a new bit of art showed up to dot the distinctive landscape, namely a 40-foot-tall Playboy Bunny sign, black metal bent into the silhouette of that distinctive rabbit head, outlined in white neon lights so it would glow in the night up against the vast night sky of West Texas.

The sign was created by artist Richard Phillips, working with Playboy and Neville Wakefield, and was installed alongside a black 1972 Dodge Charger perched on a cement platform, according to the El Paso Times. If you caught wind of this, it probably just seemed like the normal workings of Marfa, but local residents weren't exactly thrilled about the whole thing, and one of them notified the authorities.

Marfa resident Lineaus Lorette, a certified public accountant, thought the sign was a corporate advertisement. You can't put up corporate advertisements in most of Texas without a permit, and the folks over at Playboy seemingly never applied for any such thing.

Lorette called in a complaint on the sign and the Texas Department of Transportation has ordered Playboy Marfa, as it is officially known, taken down within 45 days of the order being issued, according to the Associated Press.

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Stephanie Elena Suarez
Stephanie Elena Suarez

When I see the emblem, I don't think of naked women.(then again I'm a woman) I think of the incredible drive Hugh Hefner had to establish the company...but that's just my two cents.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

advertising is just art that sells. i think this is a tempest in a teapot, though.

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