Canstruction Vancouver: Building for a Cause

This afternoon, Canstruction Vancouver will host a lunch at the Pan Pacific to kick off this year’s 2010 event at the PNE.

Canstruction Vancouver is a competition and exhibition that showcases local teams who compete to design and build the ultimate giant sculpture out of canned food. After they’re exhibited to the public for a week, all the cans from these 2-metre high sculptures are donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for hungry families.

Whole World in its HandsCanstruction 2009 | Photo: Yumiang

The Competition

Each year, over 140 cities compete in the event from all over North America.

Last year, Vancouver raised over 170,000 cans, involved over 100 independent companies and raised approximetly $425,000 in food donated.

Teams from a wide network of generous companies create free standing sculptures made out of canned food. Each team must be represented by an engineer, architect, or graphic designer. Sculptures are adjudicated and winners compete against all the other cities for their coveted national prizes.

Here’s what you can expect to see:

This year’s event will take place at the PNE on August 21-May 6. Admission is by donation.