Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Canstruction Toronto 2017

Working with cans of food, teams put together temporary works of art to improve the lives of those in need in cities around the world. Toronto's efforts for the 18th annual CanstructionTO can be found downtown at the Toronto Dominion Centre tower at Bay and Wellington Streets and are in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. In 2016 over 68,000 pounds of food were used in the competition and donated to Toronto's busiest food bank.
This isn't just for making something interesting out of cans, this is a competition that pits the best in the business for top dog in such categories as Most Cans, Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels and Best Meal. I didn't notice the prizes listed but they must be in the millions of dollars for such a prestigious design competition?
"Canstruction® is a non-profit competition that decreases hunger and fights poverty in Toronto and cities around the world. Each year, teams of designers, architects and engineers – students and professionals – donate their time to build massive, incredible structures from cans of food, with donations going to the Daily Bread Food Bank, Toronto’s largest community food bank. In this city alone, more than 800,000 client visits happen each year, approximately 32 per cent of them children, use food-relief programs. With one can of food as a catalyst for change, One Can® to represent the building block of change, Canstruction proves that small acts of kindness improve the lives of people in need. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food to food programs around the world, demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger."
May 15 was the build night, today is the judging and awards gala and the 'decanstruction' is scheduled for May 20, 2017. The Society for Design Administration, the Consulting Engineers of Ontario and the Design Exchange have organized Toronto's Canstruction. Take a walk by and check out the designs, they are worth seeing and they won't be in place for very long.

See more cans after the jump.

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