Let’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:
Sashimi Rollin’ by WB Engineers+Consultants
What Goes Around Comes Around, with the Elliott Puckette mural ‘The Locust and the Bird’ in the background
Bird’s Eye View
The Infamous Pizza Rat
Twist and Shout
Lean On Me
Say YES to No More Hunger
SNAP! & Hunger is Gone
Pidgey Pecking Away at Hunger
A Whale of a Tail!
Hungry Like the Wolf
Shine a Bright Light on the Darkness of Hunger
Helping the less FORTUNE-ate
Gear Up to Fight Hunger
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.