By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – During Miami Art Week 2019, the City of Miami Beach will unveil ‘Order of Importance’, a monumental site-specific installation by Argentinean conceptual artist Leandro Erlich. The installation will be on display to the public from December 1–15, 2019.
Order of Importance will be a temporary installation located directly on the ocean front in South Beach at Lincoln Road, and will be comprised of 66 life-size sand replicas of cars and trucks. By recasting the 21st century traffic jam in sand, Erlich alludes to time in both a representational and material sense.
Leandro Erlich explained, “Climate change and its consequences are no longer a matter of perspective or opinion. The climate crisis has become an objective problem that requires immediate solutions.”
Adding, “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.”
Throughout his career, Erlich has combined elements of sculpture, architecture, and theater to create surreal environments that disrupt the audience’s natural view of the world.
He is internationally renowned for representing Argentina at the 49th Venice Biennale where he exhibited Swimming Pool (1999), a landmark piece that is now part of the permanent collection at the 21st Century Museum of Art of Kanazawa (Japan) and participated at the Whitney Biennial in 2000 with the work Rain (1999).
Order of Importance is the City’s first temporary public art commission and adds to Miami Beach’s recently completed $7 million Art in Public Places (AiPP) program investment at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The program represents the largest single commission by a municipal percent-for-art program in the United States, including works by Franz Ackermann, Elmgreen & Dragset, Ellen Harvey, Joseph Kosuth, Joep van Lieshout and Sarah Morris.
Each December, Miami Art Week becomes the center of the art world and hosts over twenty international art fairs, more than 1,200 galleries and thousands of artists.
Art Basel, the centerpiece of the season, is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center and expects to draw more than 83,000 art dealers, artists, collectors and aficionados to Miami during the fair held this year from December 5-8, 2019.
* This article has been updated on October 18th to include additional input from the artist.