Postponed from its original date in early November by Hurricane Sandy, the annual Canstruction competition has been rescheduled for February 1-11 at Lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place World Financial Center. With an original opening date of two days after the super storm hit New York City, 25 architecture, engineering, and design firms re-enlisted in the competition that transforms more than 100,000 unopened cans of food into pop-art sculptures.
New York is one of more than 100 cities to participate in the international competition that has donated more than 17.5 million pounds of food to local hunger programs since its founding in 1992. “Everyone involved felt strongly that Canstruction is needed now more than ever,” said Debra Simon, vice president of Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Office Properties. “We are looking forward to bringing a much-needed splash of color and magic to Lower Manhattan, while giving people an important opportunity to help hungry New Yorkers, especially those still recovering from the storm.”
Participating firms have planned their entries for 25 months, and will construct their designs on the evening of January 31 for the February 1 opening. Last year’s submissions ranged from a replica of Alexander McQueen’s Lady Gaga Shoes to a Converse Sneaker. The 2013 submissions will be on display through February 11, after which they will be dismantled and donated to City Harvest, a 30-year-old food rescue organization that distributes food to New Yorkers in need.
Admission is free, but visitors are encourage to bring high-quality canned food such as tuna, beans, and vegetables, which can be dropped off at designated spots throughout Brookfield Place World Financial Center.
Sculptures will be judged by a panel that includes Carla Hall of Alchemy and co-host of The Chew, John DeSilvia, host of DIY Network’s "Rescue my Renovation," and Frances Halsband, FAIA, founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects.
To see a list of participating teams, visit canstruction.org