On Friday night a group of the city’s architects, engineers and contractors gathered together at Chestnut Street’s Shops at Liberty Place to take part in Canstruction, an intense 12-hour build that utilizes cans and only cans to create intricate, gravity-defying structures. This year's teams went all out with creations that included a wedding cake (pictured), a clothes-pin, an ode to Penn State, and a re-creation of Rodin's "The Thinker."
However, this isn’t simply a design/build competition, it’s also an annual event (now in its 5th year) that highlights the fight against hunger in America. In Philadelphia it also results in a hefty donation of canned food to Philabundance, the city’s premier anti-hunger organization.
Members of the public are invited to bring canned food donations to the Shops at Liberty Place while the elaborate canstructions are on display until May 21. You can also visit Philabundance’s website for information on making food donations, as well as hosting a food drive in your area, once the Canstruction event has ended.
For now, gather up any unused canned goods that are cluttering your pantry and vote for your favorite Canstruction display here!