CANstruction 2010 - Capital Area Food Bank
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CANstruction 2010

By Molly McGlinchy October 13, 2010

Few words can really capture the ingenuity behind CANstruction 2010.  During this annual friendly competition, area architecture and design firms created structures made entirely from canned goods hinged together with tape and cardboard.

The structures were unbelievably impressive and held together for an astonishing three weeks.  On October 2nd, the various sculptures were judged by a panel from the design industry and the following awards were given: “Best Meal,” “Structural Ingenuity,” “Best Use of Labels,” “Jurors Favorite” and “Honorable Mention.”   

The last prize of the day, an award coveted by all, was given to the team that received the highest number of votes by the public.  Viewers were asked to bring a nonperishable food item to place in a bin next to their favorite sculpture.  The team that received the most nonperishable ‘votes’ was awarded the “People’s Choice Award!”

A complete list of participants and winners can be found here.

After the judging was complete, the tear-down began.  Each structure was pulled apart by the teams that designed and created each formation.  The canned goods were transferred into bins and carried away onto waiting trucks.  All of the food arrived at the Capital Area Food Bank, where it was sorted and boxed by volunteers.

Thanks to the Washington Architectural Foundation, we received 33,853 pounds of food that will be distributed into the community. This donation allows the CAFB to provide over 33,000 meals to individuals and families in our community.  What an exciting day!