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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).
Scabby the Rat usually rats on companies that engage in bad labor behavior. The giant inflatable rodent — the mascot unions use to shame businesses — shows up uninvited at entrances to corporate buildings, signaling worker strikes or other labor trouble. Now the dreaded rat is taking on another villain: It’s calling a strike against hunger. A sculpture of Scabby the Rat is one of the 22 exhibited at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center.
The 22 sculptures, made entirely of food cans, are part of Canstruction, a design competition dreamed up by the Society of Design Administration, a trade association, as a way to draw attention to the problem of hunger in America.
The “canstructions” do that in spades. The sculptures imaginatively use everyday objects, symbols and mascots like Scabby to make pointed statements about hunger. One sculpture of a bridge — called “Bridging the Hunger Gap” — pointed out that 38 million Americans live in — or on the edge of — hunger and represented “the gap between those in this country who eat like kings and those who can’t afford to fill up their plate at dinnertime.” Another sculpture of a hot-air balloon — cleverly called “Up, Up and Buffet” — symbolized the American “Can Do spirit” and “testing limits and defying gravity.” “The Seafarer” — a sailboat made of 3,000 cans of tuna — was poetic. Here’s how the contestants explained their sculpture: “With the main up, the spinnaker out and wind at her back, we’re racing to beat hunger.”
All of the canned food used to create the sculptures will be donated to City Harvest for distribution to emergency feeding programs. The competition has been held in cities throughout North America for 16 years.
The “can-ucopia” of visual treats will be on view until Dec. 2, 2008, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eighteen of them will be on view in the Courtyard Gallery of the World Financial Center until Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.