Cans, Cans, and More Cans

November 17, 2010 at 2:37 am Leave a comment

©Photo by Margarida Correia. A sculpture of Russian nesting dolls is one of some 20 “canstructions” built entirely with cans of food. The sculptures will be on display through Nov. 22 at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center.

©Photo by Margarida Correia. A sculpture of a water spill won an honorable mention in the New York City Canstruction competition. The sculpture was built with 5,180 cans of tuna.

Giant, fanciful sculptures built entirely with cans of food have once again invaded the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center.  This year’s “canstructions” include a pair of Russian nesting dolls, Mr. Potato Head, and even King Kong.

The sculptures – on display through Nov. 22 – are part of Canstruction, an international charity competition to raise public awareness of hunger.

The winning BabushCAN sculpture – built with 3,472 cans of tuna, pink beans, green beans and peaches in pear juice – notes that “object within object, can on top of can, we’re here for a healthy cause.”

A notable sculpture of an overturned cup, entitled “Cups Can Only Spill,” alludes to the world’s limited resources.  “We never know the worth of water till the well runs dry,” the caption on the sculpture reads.  The sculpture won an honorable mention.

Once the exhibit closes, the thousands of cans of food used to create the sculptures will be donated to City Harvest for distribution to food pantries. The structures are estimated to provide enough food to feed nearly 70,000 hungry New Yorkers, according to the Society of Design Administration, a trade association and one of the organizations that helped organize the New York City competition.

The Canstruction competition and exhibition has been held in New York City for 18 years. The sculptures will be on view in the Winter Garden through Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 5 p.m. on the last day).

For an account of previous Canstruction competitions, click here and here.

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