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.