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City built from sugar cubes looks such a sweet place to live

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

A giant metropolis with sky scrapers, an amphitheatre and a bridge has gone on display at the Ulster Museum – all made from more than half-a-million sugar cubes.

Over the last five weeks, around 5,000 people have helped Co Down sculptor Brendan Jamison and his team create the eye-catching installation.

The giant collaborative artwork was completed this week as part of the 132nd Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition on the top floor of the museum. The tallest piece is just over 6ft.

Brendan told the Belfast Telegraph he thoroughly enjoying meeting local people, school groups and tourists from Brazil, Australia and the US, who helped make the sweet piece of artwork, sponsored by KPMG, Arts & Business NI and Belfast City Council.

Brendan said: "It got hectic at times but it was a wonderful experience. There was a team of four other sculptors working with me.

"We trained visitors on how to build with the sugar cubes and asked them to construct anything from their imagination with a focus on what they would like to see in a city of the future."

The Belfast Sugar Metropolis can be viewed at the Ulster Museum until January 5.

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