This Wednesday marks the end of New York’s 21st annual Canstruction® exhibition and food drive. Organized by the Canstruction® charity in partnership with Arts Brookfield, teams of architects, contractors and engineers designed and constructed sculptures from unopened canned food items during the two-week competition. The can sculptures were then placed on display at Brookfield Place in lower Manhattan, headquarters to property owner, manager and developer Brookfield Office Properties, with several satellite sculptures (winners of last year’s competition) reconstructed in two Brookfield properties in midtown Manhattan. (Photo credit: A 2012 audience favorite, "CAN on the Moon," rebuilt at Brookfield Properties' 245 Park Avenue.)
Among the twenty-six creative sculptures "canstructed" this year were “The LoCANess Monster” by structural engineering firm Robert Silman Associates and the sphinx-like “Patience & Fortitude” by WJE Engineers & Architects. A complete list and photographs of the sculptures can be found on Arts Brookfield’s Facebook page.
In addition to creating their own sculptures, the design teams also dedicated time to mentor students involved in the competition.
When the installations are dismantled later this week, the cans will be donated to City Harvest, a food rescue organization dedicated to feeding hungry New Yorkers. Last year’s exhibition resulted in a donation of over 50,000 pounds of non-perishable food items. Organizers hope to top that number this week.
Visitors to Brookfield Place are encouraged to bring a canned food donation and to vote for their favorite sculptures online after their visit. The winner will be submitted to the International Canstruction® Competition in the spring of 2014. (Photo credit: Jefferson Memorial "canstructed" at Brookfield Properties' Grace Building in midtown Manhattan.)
For more information on the 21st Annual Canstruction® at Brookfield Place, visit CanstructionNY.org. To see the full array of participatory arts partnerships Arts Brookfield has to offer, visit ArtsBrookfield.com.