This video documents the sand models of 66 cars and trucks that Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich has created to resemble a traffic jam on the Miami Beach shore, in a bid to raise awareness of the climate-change crisis.
Erlich created the temporary installation called the Order of Importance on the oceanfront at Lincoln Road for this year’s Miami Art Week.
As documented in this movie, it comprises two rows of congested vehicles split by a traffic divider. It appears to be made from compacted sand to matching the beach surrounding, however Erlich will not disclose the composition used to make the work.
The artist has just sculpted the roofs of some vehicles above the surrounding sand level to give the effect that are submerged underwater. It hint to changes in weather caused by global warming, such as rising sea levels.
“Climate change and its consequences are no longer a matter of perspective or opinion,” said Erlich. “The climate crisis has become an objective problem that requires immediate solutions,” he added.
“As an artist, I am in a constant struggle to make people aware of this reality, in particular, the idea that we cannot shrink away from our responsibilities to protect the planet.”
“Apart from its surreal beauty and poetry, Order of Importance, like an image from a contemporary Pompeii, or a future relic, also alludes to our fragile position in the large universal canvas,” he added. “It interacts with the climate crisis facing the world, particularly the rising sea level,” curator Ximena Caminos added.
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