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A Canned Solution to Fighting Hunger
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 17, 2012 at 4:02 PM.

The annual Canstruction competition has returned to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for another display of masterfully built structures designed out of canned foods.


You can view this year’s winning sculptures and competing teams at Led mainly by architects and engineers, teams have worked over the course of three months designing and assembling these remarkable structures made entirely out of canned foods, each within a 10-ft x 10-ft space, up to 8 ft high.


canstruction_2012.jpgThis photo is of the winning sculpture in the Crowd Favorite and Jurors’ Favorite categories. Titled “A Healthy Balance,” the sculpture was designed and built by KJWW Engineering Consultants/VOA/Berglund Construction and is made up of 4,030 cans. Photo: ThinkLeigh Photography

This year’s sculptures were built from a total of 94,436 cans (equaling more than 85,000 lbs of food). All of the sculptures will be on display to the public through May 31. After the exhibits are taken down, all of the cans will then be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. If you’ll be in the area and want to check out these creative sculptures in person, you can also bring your own canned food items for donation.


You can find photos of all of this year’s sculptures on Flickr at or at Canstruction Chicago’s Facebook page at


This Chicago event is part of the international Canstruction competition, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and is annually held in numerous cities throughout the world. For more information, visit

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