Sir Henry Tate (1819-1899), inventor of the sugar cube, made his fortune in — what else? — the sugar trade. The magnate had a penchant for art, assembling a significant collection that he bequeathed to the United Kingdom. He also donated funds to build the first Tate Gallery (there are now four Tate museums).
As a tribute to Sir Henry, Belfast-born artist Brendan Jamison carved a sculpture of the Tate Mausoleum, using some 27,000 cubes of sugar. Below is a short video that gives an idea of the artwork, which was created at the invitation of Jane Millar, curator of Curious Art Trail at the fascinating West Norwood Cemetery, London, where Sir Henry Tate's Mausoleum was installed this past summer.
Jamison, who also works in wool and wax as well as wood and bronze, also sculpted Tate Modern for the London Festival of Architecture (2010) and reproduced 10 Downing Street, as seen in the video below. The former required 71,908 sugar cubes and the latter, 5,117 sugar cubes; both are to scale. Other Jamison sugar cube marvels are shown here.
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