Day 606: Doing the can-can

Can you believe this is made only of food cans?

A dear friend sent me some photos of the incredible creations constructed by “the most unique food charity in the world” called Canstruction and I wanted to share them with you.

Canstruction is a competition where teams of architects, engineers and some of their students, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely of canned foods. It takes from 8 to 12 weeks and thousands of cans to create each structure.

The amazing creations are then displayed to the public as sculpture exhibits in each city where a competition is held.

… and this is the good-deed part …

...speaking of food....

The public is then invited to donate canned food at the time of the exhibition.  AAAAAND, at the close of the exhibitions, all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to emergency feeding programs that include pantries, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centres.

Here’s what else I found out about Canstruction on their website:

Since its inception in 1992/93, 10 million pounds of food has been donated to aid in the fight against hunger.  Initiated by the Denver, Seattle and New York Chapters, Canstruction® now has over one hundred and forty individual competitions scheduled to take place during the 2009-2010 cycle.

An Inukshuk for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Design and construction industry professional associations that have partnered with the SDA in organizing local competitions include the American Institute of Architects, the Society for Marketing Professional Services and the International Interior Design Association.

Locate a competition near you by clicking HERE.

P.S. All Canstruction photos from HERE. Except Inukshuk shot from HERE.

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