By Tom Demeropolis – Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati Canstruction is a design/build competition that helps feed hungry people. Local architectural, engineering, planning, design and construction firms, as well as students mentored by these professionals, create structures built entirely out of canned food.
Teams have five hours to construct their sculptures, which may measure as large as 10 feet wide, 10 feet long and 8 feet high.
The sculptures are judged in categories such as “Best Use of Labels,” “Structural Ingenuity,” “Best Meal” and “Jurors’ Favorite.” Awards are presented at an annual fundraising gala.
Once the exhibition closes, all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to Freestore Foodbank for distribution to shelters, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding programs.
The Canstruction sculptures are available for viewing at the Weston Art Gallery, the front lobby of the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.), the Scripps Center (312 Walnut St.), the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (800 Vine St.), the Contemporary Arts Center (corner of Sixth and Walnut streets), the Center at 600 Vine (600 Vine St.) and the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (151 W. Fifth St.).
If you’re interested in viewing the sculptures in person, 90-minute walking tours are scheduled for Saturday, March 15 and Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The tour starts at the Weston Art Gallery, the corner of Seventh and Walnut streets.
Cincinnati is one of more than 100 cities in North America that participates in Canstruction, a not-for-profit foundation sponsored by the Society for Design Administration. Since 1997, Cincinnati’s Canstruction has contributed more than 500,000 pounds of food to the Freestore Foodbank. Nationally, Canstruction has donated more than 17 million pounds of food to aid in the fight against hunger.
Check out Danis and KZF Design’s structure in person at the Weston Art Gallery, and all of the other awesome can structures around downtown, until March 23rd. Feel free to jump on over to our Facebook page to see more photos of the team in action.