Harvesters’ Canstruction is underway at the Ward Parkway Center (Slideshow)

CRB's Daniel Matlack puts the finishing touches on a minion.

CRB’s Daniel Matlack arranges the mouth on a minion from “Despicable Me.” The eye is a repurposed clock from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Canstruction has returned to the Ward Parkway Shopping Center (8600 Ward Parkway). The 13th annual food drive for Harvesters kicked off Wednesday as 14 teams built temporary works of art out of donated canned goods. The cans are distributed via Harvesters’ community food network at the display’s end in March.

“Hunger is a year-round issue,” said Harvesters Communications Manager Sarah Biles. “And events like this help to raise awareness about hunger and provide us with shelf stable goods.”

The entire exhibit features 44,000 cans, which Biles equated to about 32,000 meals. For those who want a sneak peek, there’s a preview party tonight in the storefront adjacent to Target from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

The free exhibit officially opens this Friday and runs through Friday, March 21. Harvester barrels will be stationed around the display and exhibit-goers are encouraged to bring food items for donation. You can vote for your favorite Canstruction online beginning Friday as well. Each vote requires a $1 donation to the community food bank.

The shots below are from yesterday’s construction. The teams of architects, engineers and area students arrived at 8 a.m. to begin piling cans and create their vision.

AECOM's nod to Christopher Elbow's chocolates was still being built early Wednesday afternoon.

AECOM’s nod to Christopher Elbow’s chocolates was still being built early Wednesday afternoon.

Gastringer Walker Harden principal Dan Nenonen builds out an homage to Fantasia Mickey.

Gastringer Walker Harden principal Dan Nenonen works on an homage to Fantasia Mickey. “The hat brings it together,” he promised.

Hockenbergs' Adam Rich oversees the addition of another layer to an eight-foot tall Chiefs logo made out of olives and refried beans.

Hockenbergs’ Adam Rich oversees the addition of another layer to an eight-foot tall Chiefs’ logo made out of olives and refried beans.

Hoefer Wysocki's nod to the Olympic games in Sochi, has a gold medal on one side and the Olympic rings on the back.

Hoefer Wysocki’s nod to the Olympic games in Sochi, has a gold medal on one side and the Olympic rings on the back.

Pulse Design Group was midway through its card and poker chip display on Wednesday. The 3,892 cans are meant to show they're 'All In Against Hunger.'

Pulse Design Group was midway through its card and poker chip display on Wednesday. The 3,892 cans are meant to show they’re ‘All In Against Hunger.’

Black and Veatch's Brett Agee reaches for another can while putting together the barn for a farm-themed Canstruction.

Black and Veatch’s Brett Agee reaches for another can while putting together the barn for a farm-themed Canstruction.

The team from Olathe Northwest High School was among the first to finish Wednesday morning. This Hungry Hungry Hippo was the result of their efforts.

The team from Olathe Northwest High School was among the first to finish Wednesday morning. This Hungry Hungry Hippo was the result of their efforts.

ACI Boland Architects put together this penguin.

ACI Boland Architects put together this penguin.

Traenor Architects' Christopher Penland begins to assemble the head of the circus elephant meant to help "stamp out hunger."

Traenor Architects’ Christopher Penland begins to assemble the head of the circus elephant meant to help “stamp out hunger.”

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