I had a chance this weekend to jump on the subway downtown to the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan to take a look at Canstruction 2011 - 19th Annual Design/Build Competition and Food Drive.
Here is a description of the event if you're not familiar with it:
Canstruction, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.
Since it's a food drive, there weren't any beverage cans included. But I don't see why they can't be in the future.
Below are some photos I took of my favorite "canstructions" from this year's NYC competition. By the way, the event in the World Financial Center overlooked Ground Zero, as you can see in my photos. That's what everyone is looking out at.
This year's event ends on Nov. 21st in NYC, so if you're in town, check it out. Here's a list of those in other cities. It's an interesting, fun, and eye-opening, way to pass an hour or so. And it also calls attention to an important cause -- feeding the hungry, especially as we kick off the holiday season.