The World’s Sweetest Place: 5,000 People Make A City Out Of 500,000...

The World’s Sweetest Place: 5,000 People Make A City Out Of 500,000 Sugar Cubes (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

By Wires | The Trent on March 1, 2014
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Sculptors Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison at the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis, November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)

Sugar Metropolis might be the sweetest design project that you’ve ever laid your eyes on.

A couple of sculptors from Ireland and England, Brendan Jamison and Mark Revels, respectively, are collaborating on the community-based project. Jamison has become known for creating art with sugar cubes. Some of his work is even displayed in the British prime minister’s house. But his latest piece may be his largest undertaking yet. It started for the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts in Belfast. Every visitor to the Ulster Museum was invited to contribute to the sculpture made out of sugar cubes. About 5,000 people and 500,000 pieces later, the Sugar Metropolis rose.

In an interview with BBC Radio, Jamison explained why sugar cubes are his contemporary design material of choice.

STORY CONTINUES WITH VIDEO AFTER THE PHOTOS

Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison constructing the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison constructing the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Exhibition visitor participating in the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Exhibition visitor participating in the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Completing the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Completing the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Intergenerational group building sculptures in the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis, November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Intergenerational group building sculptures in the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis, November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Sculptor Mark Revels in the Northern Version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Sculptor Mark Revels in the Northern Version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Mary McCaffrey from the sculpture team in Northern Ireland during the construction in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Mary McCaffrey from the sculpture team in Northern Ireland during the construction in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Children helping to build the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Children helping to build the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Completed version of Sugar Metropolis in Northern Ireland in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Completed version of Sugar Metropolis in Northern Ireland in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
A visitor from France constructing part of the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
A visitor from France constructing part of the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis in November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Pensioners enjoying the construction process during the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Pensioners enjoying the construction process during the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Children entering the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Children entering the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Sculptors Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison at the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis, November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)
Sculptors Mark Revels and Brendan Jamison at the Northern Ireland version of Sugar Metropolis, November 2013 (Photo Credit: Project On Kickstarter)

“It offers a multisensory experience, so the viewer doesn’t just actually see the sculpture,” he said. “They can imagine the taste of the sugar dissolving on their tongues.”

Jamison and his chief collaborator, Revels, have now started a campaign to bring the project to the U.S. Their “New York Sugar Metropolis” would land in the Sugar Hill district of Harlem this summer. On the project’s Kickstarter page, Jamison makes a case for why the sugar cube sculpture would benefit the area.

“It reflects the true sense of the word ‘community’, with local residents of Harlem (spanning the entire spectrum from young children to pensioners) united in a shared purpose, dreaming of a positive future which everyone can help create,” they write. “Sugar Metropolis can act as a catalyst to ignite the imagination of everyone in the local neighbourhood.”

The sculptors are looking for funds to purchase supplies and provide basic accommodations for the team needed to set up the project. Jamison and Revels expect to begin building the sculpture this June.

[Hattip Yahoo News, Kickstarter]

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