Canstruction®

Canstruction®, a national chairty committed to ending hunger, is using one can as a catalyst for change.  Taking place in cities throughout North America each year, canstruction events are unique design/build competitions showcasing colossal sculptures built from thousands of ordinary cans of food.  Highlighting the creativity and compassion of top architectural and engineering firms, these astounding structures are helping to change the world by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks.  This years canstruction event took place September 15 - 17th at the Mall of America with 7 teams competing.  A total of 36,497 cans were used and then donated to Second Harvest Heartland.    

canstruct7 - Grain Belt Bridge & Sign
canstruct7 - Grain Belt Bridge & Sign

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winter hat
winter hat

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canstruct9 - Guthrie Theater
canstruct9 - Guthrie Theater

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canstruct7 - Grain Belt Bridge & Sign
canstruct7 - Grain Belt Bridge & Sign

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2018 Awards

Best Original Design - Button Up Hunger by Kodet Architectural Group

Structural Ingenuity - Oh! The People We Can Feed! by Pope Architects

Best Meal - Minnesota Winter Hat by AKF Group/Gensler

Best Use of Labels - Grain Belt Sign and Bridge by VAA

Most Cans Used - Grain Belt Sign and Bridge with 8,960 cans by VAA

People’s Choice - Grain Belt Sign and Bridge by VAA

In 2018 Minneapolis ranked #14 with 45,798 pounds of food and #19 for most cash donated ($10,526).  "Button Up Hunger (Corduroy)" by Kodet Architectural Group, placed 5th in the international competition for Best Meal with 6,777 cans of green beans, cannellini white kidney beans, solid white albacore tuna, chicken breast, whole potatoes, baked beans, corn and bourbon bbq sloppy joe sauce.  Congratulations to all that helped make 2018 a successful event!

A special thanks to Westwood Professional Services for hosting and organizing the event and to Hy-Vee for providing food at a discount for this year's event.