"Order of Importance" by artist Leandro Erlich.

Lynne Sladky

“Order of Importance” by artist Leandro Erlich.

It took artist Leandro Erlich two years and 330 tonnes of sand to create his largest work of art to date – a giant traffic jam, made entirely of sand.

Erlich was commissioned by the city of Miami Beach to create the work, which was unveiled during Art Basel.

People walk among cars sculpted in sand stuck in a traffic jam.

Lynne Sladky

People walk among cars sculpted in sand stuck in a traffic jam.

The surreal traffic jam depicts 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road.

The installation is meant to suggest a future relic, like a contemporary Pompeii, and alludes to Florida’s fragile position in the large universal canvas, touching on climate crisis and rising sea levels.

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The installation cost over a million dollars, but the city paid US$300,000 (NZ$458,000) thanks to sponsors and donations. It will remain on display until December 15.

Artist Leandro Erlich, of Argentina, poses with his work.

Lynne Sladky

Artist Leandro Erlich, of Argentina, poses with his work.

 



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