Sugar cube sculptures animate world of diabetes on US tour
In a unique project this summer, Northern Irish sculptors Brendan Jamison (37) and Mark Revels (38) are travelling across the USA, creating 'Sugar America', a giant sugar cube sculpture which maps iconic buildings, vehicles and animals from across the country.
Commissioned by Abbott, a global healthcare company, Brendan and Mark will travel in a large RV which is their 'on the road' studio, sculpting away on the highway and transporting the sculptures from stop to stop. The work will be exhibited at 10 major cities all across the USA and will get larger and larger with each new city they roll into.
Arriving in New Orleans via Washington DC on June 5, they will venture westwards across the States, exhibiting at venues in 10 major cities. Iconic buildings and state symbols from each location will be carved in cubes, with highlights including the French Quarter in New Orleans (Image attached), The Alamo in San Antonio (image attached), the Bank of America Center in Houston (Image attached), a buffalo in Oklahoma, a bear in Sacramento (Image attached), a cable car in Keystone and 5 radomes from Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado (image attached). After 10 cities, the tour ends in San Diego on August 12 after a total journey of 3,384 miles!
Formerly a recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award, Brendan Jamison said "the project is a perfect marriage between art and science and demonstrates how sculpture can be used as a catalyst to encourage greater education about sugar in our body. In itself, sugar is not bad, the body actually needs glucose for energy, however, too little of the sweet substance is dangerous and too much is equally damaging. Therefore Abbott is leading the field on how to maintain a healthy balance to manage our intake of sugar. As a global leader in healthcare, Abbott was a pioneer in developing the world's first HIV blood-screening test back in 1985. They have remained at the cutting edge of medical science, with a passion for solving problems to ensure we enjoy a lifestyle which is as healthy and happy as possible. It is a great privilege to work with them."
Brendan's Father has type 2 diabetes and Mark's Grandmother died from the condition. Therefore both sculptors have a direct link with diabetes, fuelling a determination to use their creative energy to help raise awareness of how to manage the condition.
The first exhibition of the 'Sugar America' tour will be at the annual gathering of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans from June 11-14. The show then travels to Texas, arriving at the cities of Houston and San Antonio, followed by Oklahoma City and then onto Colorado with stops at Aurora and the mountain ski town of Keystone, then onwards to Salt Lake City in Utah, finally arriving at California with exhibitions in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego. After 10 weeks of sculpting on the road, the whirlwind tour will climax with a giant sculpture installation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) at the San Diego Convention Center from August 12-14.