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Steel Shots: Solution to Hunger
Posted by Tom Klemens on June 25, 2010 at 8:39 AM.

Solution to Hunder by HDR


One of the 15 sculptures created for the 2010 CANstruction in Chicago, this entry by HDR Inc., consists of approximately 4,080 cans of tuna and salmon and was entitled “Solution to Hunger.” The commentary accompanying this carefully balanced Rubik’s Cube suggests that “with each hunger reducing effort, the cube turns closer to a solved puzzle.” (Click on photo for another view.) Did you know that steel food cans are the most recycled food and beverage package? More than 1,500 food items come in steel cans, and more than 28,000 community recycling program in North America collect steel cans for recycling. (More info here.)


CANstruction is a worldwide event that combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a creative way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing and building giant structures made entirely from canned foods. All canned goods are donated to charity to help fight hunger. In Chicago, 15 sculptures helped to donate over 50,000 cans of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The sculptures were showcased for three weeks in the lobby of the famous Merchandise Mart where visitors could view the giant structures and vote for their favorite.


The winning creation this year was by Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. Click here to see “The Changing Face of Hunger” on the WJE website.

To see the other 2010 Chicago CANstruction entries and to learn more about the program, click here.


Text and photos by Jacinda Collins, P.E.

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