Mutli-award winning Bornacoola artist Mary McCaffrey has helped create Ireland’s largest ever collaborative project, working with a team of four other professional sculptors - Brendan Jamison, Mark Revels, Lydia Holmes and David Turner.
Under the guidance of the sculpture team, over 5,000 people from all over the world have spent October and November building a ‘Sugar Metropolis’ at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. At the end of November, Mary added the last cube to complete the magical city of the future, with all the sugar crystals sparkling like diamonds under the lights.
Mary stated “It has been a wonderful experience meeting people from all across the globe who came to the museum and played a key role in the construction of this sculpture installation. We trained visitors on how to build with the sugar cubes and asked them to focus on what they would like to see in a city of the future. It has been fascinating to watch so many different styles of architecture develop over the 5 weeks of construction. The result is a very democratic approach to art and successfully embraces multiculturalism.”
Sculptor Brendan Jamison of the RUA describes how “In the end, the project has demonstrated the power of collaboration in art, with thousands of creative minds working together in the realisation of a sculpture beyond any one person’s singular vision. It belongs to everyone who came along to build it, across the entire spectrum of life, from young children to pensioners; the energy in the gallery has been amazing.”
Sugar Metropolis can be viewed at the Ulster Museum until Sunday January 5, 2014.
Daily opening hours Tue-Sun from 10am to 5pm.