A charity founded in New York City in 1992 began with a simple enough premise. One CAN make a difference. Canstruction is a unique charity that combines aesthetics, competition, and compassion to engineer a solution to hunger on many levels. Canstruction holds an annual design competion using only canned food. The designs have ranged from city scapes, popular animated characters, vehicles, iconic celebrities and buidlings. All sculptures have the goal of collecting food for the local food banks.
Canstruction is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since inception, they have collected over 15 million pounds of canned food in over 140 cities world-wide. Additionally, Canstruction competitions utilize nearly 30,000 volunteers, creating teams of local ambassadors for local food banks and emergency feeding programs.
Locally, today is the debut of Cleveland Can at Beachwood Place Mall. Herschman Architects and The Society of Design Administration (SDA) have sponsored the competition for four years. In 2008, they were awarded the Edmond V. Worley HOPE Award by the Cleveland Food Bank. Members of the food bank recognized Hershman Architects for their outstanding Humanity, Originality, Participation and Enthusiasm (HOPE) in the fight against hunger in the community. The HOPE award is based on the charitable contributions all the participating teams of Canstruction®.
The completed structures will be on display from today, March 30 to April 9. Awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, and Judges’ Favorite.
For additional information, contact Amy Dinsmore at firstname.lastname@example.org, 216-223-3282.
Photos from previous competitions used with written permission from Canstruction.