Canned creations benefit Toronto food bank

Aecom Canada’s entry in the 15th annual Canstruction Competition, “Hunger, Just Like the Enemy, is Not Welcome Here,” earned the Best Meal award in this year’s competition. Photos courtesy Canstruction Toronto
Aecom Canada’s entry in the 15th annual Canstruction Competition, “Hunger, Just Like the Enemy, is Not Welcome Here,” earned the Best Meal award in this year’s competition. Photos courtesy Canstruction Toronto

Teams of Toronto architects, designers, engineers, and students have created statues out of canned food for a competition in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Winners of the 15th annual Canstruction Competition were announced this week, and a total of 22,679 kg (50,000 lbs) of food was used in the 19 entries on display.

“Canstruction is a unique type of food drive and a way for the design community to collaborate in a creative way and give back to the community we build in,” says Helen Kabriel, co-chair of Canstruction Toronto. “Not only do they give back through food donations, but their structures attract an audience and provoke discussions on hunger and the challenges facing our city.”

All statues will be on display in the lobbies of various Toronto buildings in the financial district until May 31. At that point, they will be donated to the food bank.

Some of this year’s winning ‘canstructures’ are:

  • Jurors Favourite: Cannon Design’s “Canpanion Planting: A Three Sisters’ Wampum Belt;”
  • Structural Ingenuity: Aercoustics Engineering and Rebanks Pepper Littlewood Architects’ “This Loon Sure CAN Fish;”
  • Best Meal: Aecom Canada’s “Hunger, Just Like the Enemy, is Not Welcome Here;” and
  • Best Use of Labels: BA Consulting Group’s “A Queen’s Feast.”

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“A Queen’s Feast,” created by BA Consulting Group, earned the Best Use of Labels award. In total 22,679 kg (50,000 lbs) of canned food will be donated to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.
“A Queen’s Feast,” created by BA Consulting Group, earned the Best Use of Labels award. In total 22,679 kg (50,000 lbs) of canned food will be donated to Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank.
Aercoustics Engineering and Rebanks Pepper Littlewood Architects’ “This Loon Sure CAN Fish,” was awarded for its structural integrity.
Aercoustics Engineering and Rebanks Pepper Littlewood Architects’ “This Loon Sure CAN Fish,” was awarded for its structural integrity.
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