Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CANstruction - Where Dinner Meets Design

You shouldn't miss the new CANstruction exhibit benefiting Harvesters at Union Station, now through February 10, where 16 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors compete for national bragging rights by creating fantastic structures - made only from cans of food, and non-perishable food items. Admission to the exhibit is free.

The international competition created by the Society of Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects,.is a global anti-hunger project. Locally the exhibit benefits Harvesters, The Community Food Network. After the exhibit closes, the cans are donated to Harvesters.

According to Ellen Feldhausen, Harvesters' Director of Communications, the 16 structures in this year's exhibit are composed of 63,000 cans. Last year more that 33,000 pounds of food were donated,. the equivalent of 27,000 meals.

The winning entries selected by a panel of judges are pictured below by category. According to Ms. Feldhausen, the winners become eligible to compete in a national competition. She tells us that besides bragging rights, "the teams are very committed to what they're doing. They're excited, it's fun, it's creative, but I think they understand that they are helping to feed hungry people."

There is also a "People's Choice" award. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for their favorites, and Harvesters is asking a $1 donation per vote. You can also go to the Harvesters website and view all 16 exhibits, and vote for your favorite. Your vote is important because every dollar allows Harvesters to provide 5 meals.

Congratulations to the 2010 CANstruction winners!

Click the photos for a larger image.

“Wedge Out Hunger,” by ACI/Boland, Structural Ingenuity award. The pineapple is constructed of cans of black eye peas, corn, pineapple chunks and kraut.

War(hol) on Hunger,” by BRR Architecture, Best Use of Labels award. Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe is composed of cans of 11 different kinds of tuna and one kind of salmon.

Garden is Where the Gnome Is,” by Gastinger Walker Harden Architects, Jurors’ Favorite award. The gnome is constructed of cans of tomato sauce, tuna, corn and pork&beans.

Jump on the POPsled,” by Populous; Honorable Mention. The full scale bobsled is made out of 2,500 cans of sardines.

Souper Spud,” by Black&Veatch, Best Meal award. This giant Mr. Potato Head is made out of cans of pinto beans, tuna, pineapple and packages of ranch dressing and taco seasoning.

Check back soon for more on local events which support Harvesters. Up next: Restaurant Week.

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