I enjoy how much Marfa embraces the simplicity of its setting into its landscape spaces, almost as much as most with a design sense would challenge other places’ shunning of their settings.
These are not meadows, these are desert grasslands…arid-region bunchgrasses. It’s a dominant species or two (Black Grama / Bouteloua eriopoda), with many less of a few other species of grasses and wildflowers…plus some mesquites.
Still diverse and resilient, but oh-so-stunning
When the skilled designer with their desert eyes on sees this, they abstract it down further into a space. Marfa seems to get that more than many.
Oddly, Marfa’s grasses used are often the same species, not found in the open space outside town for many miles. Where I once lived and now live, the desert grassland has most of the same species as Marfa, but those grasses grew more sparingly – it’s more arid.
In Marfa, they grow as lush bunches, taller and denser, yet they’re used more in drier areas in medians and parking islands, or along golf course roughs.
Rows and masses that work with the form of the space – the space’s architecture.