In a previous life, I spent ten or so years in the world of architecture and interior design, which is where I first became acquainted with the Canstruction competition. Canstruction involves teams of design industry professionals who conceive and build amazingly creative structures made entirely from cans of food. Sponsored by an eponymous international hunger relief charity, Canstruction sources donations of millions of pounds of food for local food banks through annual events across the country. At the end of each competition, all the food is donated to a local food bank, such as NYC’s City Harvest. In 2020, the event was canceled due to Covid, but his year, the completed structures were back on public display from November 4th to 15th at the Brookfield Place mall in Battery Park City. I’m happy to report I was able to check them out in person. Let’s take a look at the inspired competition from the 2021 Canstruction NYC!
For all fans of art and also those fascinated with architecture and design, the annual Canstruction exhibit is a must see. Canstruction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization – and the most unique food charity in the world – that holds annual design and build competitions among those in the architecture and design field where the challenge is to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. After the structures are built, with the winners in each city chosen, the “canstructions” go on view to the general public as a unique and cohesive art exhibit. This year, 25 amazing sculptures are on view in the Winter Garden Atrium located in the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan.