12th Annual Canstruction Long Island Design/Build Competition Fights Hunger

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Structures are built entirely of cans at the Canstruction Design/Build event. (Photo source: Canstruction)

For thousands on Long Island, the day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction Long Island is determined to end this suffering.

At the 12th annual Canstruction Long Island Design/Build Competition, teams of architects, engineers, design and construction professionals and students that they mentor are given 12 hours to defy expectations, logic and gravity as they build fantastic sculptures from thousands of cans of food.

Driven by the knowledge that their structures will change lives by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks, dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to bring their creations to life at the structure buildout event on Oct. 24, from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. the next morning. On Oct. 25, the super-sized masterpieces will be judged in a variety of categories at an awards reception in the evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at RXR Plaza in Uniondale.

The unconventional art exhibit will be open to the public from Oct. 26 to Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

The cost of admission is one can of food. Visitors who bring additional cans can use them as ballots to vote for the Professional and Student People’s Choice Awards winners.

At the end of the exhibition, all cans will be donated to local hunger organizations for distribution to emergency feeding programs that include pantries, soup kitchens and veterans, elderly and day care centers.

Since 2007, Canstruction Long Island has donated more than 440,000 cans of food to help feed  Long Islanders. More than $550,000 has been raised by our participants, allowing teams to purchase more than 175 tons of food, and providing more than 320,000 meals to hungry Long Islanders.

Canstruction is produced annually by Canstruction Long Island, Inc., an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration. To learn more the organization and event, and to view past structures and videos of them being built, visit www.canstructionli.org.

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