What happens when you take thousands of cans and stack them together? If you are a designer or artist at Canstruction– something spectacular. For the past 19 years Canstruction, a pop-up exhibit held at the World Financial Center, has been working with innovative designers who stack up and transform over 100,000 cans into art while also running a canned food drive for City Harvest. We have gone a couple of years and it’s a quiet, inspiring event. It’s exciting to see art made from everyday materials, and deeply moving to think the “bricks” of those sculptures will be recycled to feed hungry families.
At last year’s event, a design firm created an awe-inspiring replica of the Standard Hotel straddling the Highline made out of thousands of tuna cans. Another team made a pair of Russian nesting dolls created from over 3500 cans! This year’s exhibit will feature the work of 26 teams from the city’s architecture, engineering and design firms. While each team spends about 8-12 months planning and designing their masterpieces, they are only allowed one night to stack and color-coordinate their cans as they craft them into incredible canned sculptures. After the works of art are up, designers compete for awards in categories like Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, and Structural Ingenuity.
Kids of all ages will love this amazing exhibit: it’s not only a cool form of art, they can also learn something about giving back through the food drive. Families can bring a can to the exhibit and all of the cans will be donated to local community food programs.
Cans, charity and art – sounds like an incredible way to make the most use of cans that will eventually help to feed the hungry in NYC.
November 10–21, 2011
10am–6pm daily (10am – 5pm on November 21)
World Financial Center Complex
220 Vesey Street
Arts World Financial Center
FREE – Suggested donation: One can of food per person
For additional information, please visit: www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com