Meet the man consuming a ton of sugar a year

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Brendan Jamison pictured with his sugar sculpture of Number 10 Downing Street


Belfast born sculptor Brendan Jamison is suddenly getting the keys to some of the most prestigious buildings from around the world. Jamison, a former student of University of Ulster’s Art College, opted for sculpture and fell in love with the sugar cube.

Such is his appetite for sugar cubes that he has them delivered by the ton as the scaffolding for his vision in the making of iconic buildings at home and abroad.

Only this week he revealed that he had been contracted to make a new door for Number 10 Downing Street. The Belfast boy used over 5,000 sugar cubes for the carving of his 54cm x 20cm x 10cm creation, consisting of more than 1,000 cubes.

The work will rest in the hallway inside the door of Number 10 in a forthcoming exhibition starting in February for world leaders to view.

Jamison has exhibited throughout the world and has won many awards and unlike many local artists his phone continues to ring.

I popped into the young sculptor’s studio to see how he is shaping his future:



Pictured below a selection of Brendan’s work to date:


TATE MODERN (2010) Brendan Jamison, London Festival of Architecture, Southbank, London


WAX DIGGER BUCKET SERIES (2008-2011) Brendan Jamison, microcrystalline and paraffin wax over wood,


TOWER (2008-2011) Brendan Jamison, sugar cubes, 500 x 700 x 800 cms, tower with river of sugar cubes. Installation at Towner Contemporary Art Museum, Eastbourne, England Exhibition curated by Sanna Moore, 1st July to 18 September 2011


YELLOW HELICOPTER (2007) Brendan Jamison, wool over wood, 80 x 240 x 60 cms. Purchased by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, March 2007


IN-BETWEEN (2008) Brendan Jamison, wool over wood, installation at Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, RED TUNNEL, YELLOW SPIRAL STAIRCASE and BLUE BRIDGE.


For further information on Brendan Jamison please visit his website:


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Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.

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