The 25th annual Canstruction NYC Competition is an art exhibit that feeds homeless and hungry New Yorkers. More than two dozen gravity-defying constructions made of cans of food will be on display starting tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 2nd through Wednesday, Nov. 15th at Brookfield Place New York at the World Financial Center in Lower Manhattan, after which the cans are donated to feed NYC’s poor and homeless.
More than 100,000 unopened cans of food stacked into larger-than-life sculptures, before disassembly and donation to City Harvest for distribution to some 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across New York City.
The artwork is on display FREE 10am to 6pm daily until the last day, when it closes at 5pm.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable canned food (such as tuna, beans or canned vegetables) is suggested, to help City Harvest feed hungry New Yorkers. Your offerings will be donated to City Harvest along with the cans used in the competition.
Canstruction New York raises hunger awareness by challenging 26 teams of the city’s top architecture and engineering design firms and the students they mentor to transform the cans into larger-than-life pop-art masterpieces.
Each Canstruction team spends months planning and designing their entries, but are only allowed one adrenaline-filled overnight span to meticulously stack and color coordinate cans into ingenious and playful feats of design.
Participants compete for top honors in categories including Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans, and Jurors’ Favorite. Winners are chosen by an elite team of judges culled from the architectural, design and culinary fields.
The public can vote for the People’s Choice Award at BrookfieldPlaceNY.com.
City Harvest pioneered food rescue and works with Canstruction each Thanksgiving season to distribute canned goods to New Yorkers in need. After last year’s 23rd annual competition, City Harvest collected more thanr 80,000 pounds of food, helping to feed more than 26,000 hungry families in New York City for a day
Canstruction Fast Facts:
* 2017 marks Canstruction’s 10th year at Brookfield Place: 250 structures composed of 936,558 cans (752,617 lbs) have been created at Brookfield Place
* Canstruction at Brookfield Place is the largest annual donation of canned food from a single event to City Harvest
* 27 teams will compete for eight possible awards; Best Original Design, Structural Integrity, Best Meal, Most Cans, People’s Choice, Cheri C. Melillo Award, and two for Honorable Mention
Founded by the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter in 1992, Canstruction® is a trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America and around the world. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these design professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely out of full cans of food. It takes 8-12 weeks of design time and thousands of cans of food to create a structure that is built in a single night. The results are displayed to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits in each city where a competition is held.
The public is invited to donate canned food at the time of the exhibition. At the close of the exhibitions, the cans of food are donated to local food banks. New York is one of more than 150 cities around the world taking part in Canstruction International Competition, which has donated more than 40 million pounds of food to local programs since its founding.
ABOUT City Harvest
City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest developed long-term Healthy Neighborhoods programs which partner with low-income communities to increase access to fresh produce and help residents shop for and cook nutritious, budget-conscious meals. To learn more about food rescue, Healthy Neighborhoods and fighting hunger in New York City, visit cityharvest.org.