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Locust Projects' "Out of the Box" is a new initiative that will increase exposure to contemporary art by sponsoring projects in public locations throughout Miami. The program has officially launched with the Billboard Project, for which internationally renowned artist Liam Gillick has be commissioned to produce artwork for billboards and bus shelters surrounding Miami's Design District and Miami Beach. Gillick's work, titled La Aparente Union del Cielo y la Tierra (The Apparent Junction of Earth and Sky), will run for the month of December. Update: Billboard Project has hit the bus - below are updated images of the project on city buses. Local artists - stay tuned for an open call to participate in Locust Projects' 2011 "Billboard Project!"
Gillick examines how the built world carries traces of social, economic, and political systems through a broad range of disciplines including object-based installations and published texts. Conceived specifically for Miami, "La aparente union del cielo y la tierra (The apparent junction of earth and sky)," 2010 presents a series of abstracted works in which Gillick invokes the horizon, a space where viewers can reflect and discuss how the built environment structures and patterns everyday lives.