Winners of the 15th Annual Canstruction art competition announced

March 8, 2012 by  

The winning entries in the 15th Annual Canstruction art competition in Cincinnati were announced this week. The yearly competition is part of a national charity that helps feed the hungry in a unique and creative way by collecting canned food through the national creative competition. Nine Cincinnati businesses were challenged to build sculptures made up of only non-perishable food items and canned goods.

Among the winning entries were “It’s Kool to Aid Hunger” by GBBN Architects (best of show and the CAN Spirit Award), “CANopy” by Hixson Architecture Engineering Interiors (structural ingenuity), “Power Pac Man” by BHDP Architecture/Messer Construction (best use of labels), and “Spanning the Hunger Gap” by the ASCE Student Chapter of the Cincinnati State Technical & Community College.

Winners of the local Canstruction competition will move on to the national competition in Portland, Oregon. Photos of the winning entries from Cincinnati will be sent to Portland and judged against winning entries from over 100 other Canstruction competitions held throughout the United States.

Local co-sponsors of the competition were the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration. Other Cincinnati contributing businesses include ARD, the Public Library of Cincinnati, Weston Art Gallery, Prus Construction, Otto M. Budig Family Foundation, First Star Safety, Bealer Photographic Art, Cincinnati Cooks Catering, Teske + Associates, 7-UP Bottling Company, Kroger, The Society for Marketing Professional Services, Jaguar Land Rover and the American Council of Engineering.

In addition to the above-mentioned winning entries, PEDCO E & A Services and CR Architecture + Design were each awarded honorable mentions for their entries. The Food Barrel Challenge Award for the most cans collected went to Graydon Head for collecting 4,730 cans of food.

Exhibits of the winning entries will be displayed until March 18th at the Arnoff Center for the Arts in the Otto M. Budig lobby and the Weston Art Gallery, the Public Library of Cincinnati, and the Scripps Center. Visitors must donate at least one non-perishable food item or canned good as cost of admission to the exhibit. Poster printing is an ideal way to support events such as these.