canstruction 2016Let’s Put Hunger in a Museum

Canstruction, the annual food charity and design competition, returned to Brookfield Place. The 100,000 unopened cans of food, used to create life-size sculptures, will be donated to City Harvest for distribution to about 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across New York City. Twenty-six teams of the city’s top architecture and engineering design firms and the students they mentor spend months planning and designing their entries, and all of them arrive at Brookfield Place for an overnight installation of the entire exhibit.
The exhibit is free and open to the public, however, visitors are encouraged to participate by bringing a high-quality, non-perishable can of food to be donated along with the cans used in the competition. Winners are chosen by a team of judges, but be sure to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, and check out the related events. We arrived shortly after the teams finished. Below are a few of this year’s installations:

canstruction 2016Sashimi Rollin’ by WB Engineers+Consultants

Canstruction 2016What Goes Around Comes Around, with the Elliott Puckette mural ‘The Locust and the Bird’ in the background

Canstruction 2016CANctuary

canstruction-birds-eye-view-untapped-cities-afinelyneBird’s Eye View

pizza-rat-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneThe Infamous Pizza Rat

twist-shout-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneTwist and Shout

leanonme-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneLean On Me

canstruction-charity-design-competition-untapped-cities-afinelyneSay YES to No More Hunger

snap-hunger-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneSNAP! & Hunger is Gone

city-harvest-untapped-cities-canstruction-afinelynePidgey Pecking Away at Hunger

artsbrookfield-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneA Whale of a Tail!

hungry-like-the-wolf-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneHungry Like the Wolf

canstruction 2016Shine a Bright Light on the Darkness of Hunger

canstruction 2016Helping the less FORTUNE-ate

fight-hunger-canstruction-untapped-cities-afinelyneGear Up to Fight Hunger


Canstruction 2016

City Harvest, which was formed in 1982, will collect 55 million pounds of excess food to help feed nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers this year.  Canstruction is presented by Arts Brookfield, and is located at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street. The installations will be on view until November 16, 2016. Don’t forget to bring a donation of a non-perishable can of food, and don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award.


Check out Canstruction in previous years. While you’re there, step on to the Esplanade and view 12 permanent art installations, The Colorful Cool Globes at Pier A, take a ride on the SeaGlass Carousel, and read about the Top 10 Secrets of The Battery. Get in touch with the author at AFineLyne.