Canstruction’s motto exceeds the traditional meaning of the phrase “One can make a difference.”
In fact, their motto should be rephrased: “One can makes a difference.”
Nick Telesca, Executive Director of Canstruction, explains that switching the subject for the verb is the essence of Canstruction’s mission. Led by architects and engineers, Canstruction design/build competitions showcase the designers’ talents through displays of giant canned food sculptures.
Their mission, however, does not end there.
“At the close of the exhibitions all of the [canned] food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centers.”
Canstruction has reinvented the social context of the food can.
And has created a literal meaning to the words “Sustainable art.”
With the help of over 30,000 volunteers, aka “hunger relief ambassadors,” helping to bring Canstruction exhibitions to life, who knows which product will breach its traditional boundary next?
The growing art movement dedicated to raising hunger awareness and distributing over 2 million pounds of food to the hungry “officially broke the Guinness World Record on February 11, 2010” with the largest canned structure exhibited in Walt Disney World.
Structure assembly—partnership with Disney
Structure disassembly— partnership with food banks in Central Florida, Miami, and Atlanta
Canstruction is bridging the gap between the bookends of our social structure.
And this year they are expanding the model to Egypt where canned structures will be assembled in 10 locations throughout the country, igniting unique cross-cultural trend in artistic reuse of everyday items.
Thanks, Nick, for teaching us how to build through reuse!
Please visit construction.org for more information.
(Canstruction’s design competitions are alleviating hunger through awareness and canned food donations)