More than 30,000 cans of tuna, green beans, and other staples were scattered around the North Star Mall Monday in colorful displays that called attention to hunger relief.
Architects, designers, and engineers gathered to celebrate the 11th annual “Canstruction,” where teams from architecture and design firms get together to create statues out of non-perishable cans of food. The winners, selected by a panel of five judges, will have their structure displayed in the lobby of the San Antonio Food Bank for one year.
This year the judges included San Antonio Food Bank President and CEO Eric Cooper, Whataburger Design Manager Matt Bartholomew, State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123), AIA San Antonio Chapter President Christine Viña, and Rivard Report Director Robert Rivard.
After the judges made their decision, the winners were announced at the Canopener Awards, hosted by KSAT TV’s Fiona Gorostiza.
“It’s so inspiring to see these cans stack up for a good cause,” Gorostiza said.
“I think we were all just impressed with the simplicity, but also the complexity of color and texture,” Cooper said of the team’s design. “Also the surprise of the heart on the back side of the Canstruction moved us. It was all of those elements together that made it our choice.”
The rest of the structures will be displayed in the North Star Mall until Sept. 24, when they will be taken down and donated to the Food Bank.
The winner of the People’s Choice award will be announced later this month. Take the survey below to vote for your favorite design.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Sept. 12, 2016.
Top Image: The Winner of Canstruction 2016. “PesCANtarian – The Empty Side of Hunger” by Alamo Architects and Turner Construction. Photo by James McCandless