Minimalists and Marfans

Sunday morning’s sunrise found us back at the Chinati Foundation to experience the large concrete box sculptures (15 untitled works in concrete) installed on the property’s perimeter.

The works are thoughtfully placed within the landscape with specificity, and yet seem organic in their coexistence with the land. Brilliant. Also on the property were these beautiful lizards with blue stripes down the length of their backs — reminded me of the Dan Flavin fluorescent light installations at Chinati.

Later in the day we wandered about town. Took in the exhibit at Ballroom Marfa and, from the curator, learned about the Ballroom Marfa Drive-in project that is scheduled to break ground in 2014. Pretty cool. We stopped in at the Cobra Rock Boot Company and I got myself on a waiting list for some awesome handmade boots. Met one of the proprietors, Colt. Super cool guy and so genuinely nice. I wanted to buy boatloads of books from the Marfa Book Company (see Hal’s black & white nighttime window shot). Excellent selection of art and literature. Alas, I only bought some postcards (much lighter on the suitcase).

Ah, and dinner at Cochineal. Perfection. One of our best and favorite meals ever. We shared 7 small plates! Blue cheese soufflé, lettuces from the garden, shrimp and grits, and the quail were particularly delicious. Mmmmm.

And the piece de resistance … we saw the Marfa Mystery lights! Galactic awesomeness. Hal will have more to say on this soon, especially since we’re watching lightning from the veranda of our hotel in Fort Davis and will be visiting the McDonald Observatory tomorrow. The road continues …

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