Can you guess how these models were built?
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CANstruction, an international design competition, founded by the Society of Design Administration, brings teams of graphic designers, architects and students together to build awe-inspiring sculptures using only… canned food. Afterwards all these cans are donated to local food banks.

Since its Vancouver debut in 2003, Canstruction Vancouver has raised almost half a million cans of food for Food Bank. The giant structures are built from 1,000 to 13,000 cans, reaching 8 feet high, the product labels serve as the color palette. Every year there’s a different theme. Last year’s theme was “Playtime”, and this year it’s all about “My Favourite Things”.

catmouseLast year’s Juror’s Favourite award received the sculpture called “Catch Me If You Can” (depicting a cat trying to reach a mouse through the hole) by Vancouver team Industrial Brand Creative. Take a look at the entire movie to see how it was built (in fast forward) – fascinating.

This year Canstruction Vancouver takes place at Cruise Ship Terminal at Canada Place on March 4 – 11, 2007. Admission is free, but cans of food and cash donations are appreciated. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go there and take some close-up pictures to post here. I just have to keep an eye on my daughter who loves to destroy any Lego-like structures :-)

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  1. Margot Paris

    As chair of Canstruction Vancouver, I am delighted to discover the viral spread of images from our competition. The teams pour their heart and soul (and sweat and money) into building these amazing sculptures. Nice to see their efforts recognized by the creative community, in addition to their kudos for helping send thundering truckloads of food to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Thanks for spreading the word!

  2. ibit

    You’re very welcome, Margot. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make it in person to the competition, and post here some first-hand images. I have 4 more days to do so :-)

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