Some of New York's best architecture firms descended upon the World Financial Center last week for a one night build-off, all in the name of charity. Now, the fruits and vegetables of their labor are on display to the public.
The sculptures are entries in the 19th annual "Canstruction" competition, a touring roadshow that challenges local architects, engineers, and students to create bold, stimulating, and huge structures made entirely of canned food. The competitors, which included heavyweight firms like Skanska USA and fresh upstarts from Eleanor Roosevelt High School on the Upper West Side, donated all of their cans to City Harvest, which says it will be able to feed over 60,000 New Yorkers with the construction materials.
The panel of judges was comprised of architecture, design, and food luminaries, including World Trade Center Memorial creator Michael Arad. On Tuesday, they handed out awards for structural ingenuity, use of labels, and overall awesomeness. The Jurors' Favorite award went to New York based Ginsler and WSP Flack + Kurtz, who partnered up to create "Loaded Dice." The sculpture is a solid cube of 8,950 cans, uses 24 different types of food, and speaks to the concept of America's poor having the odds stacked against them. Click here to see a time-lapsed video of the project coming together.
The 25 pieces remain on display until Monday at the World Financial Center (220 Vesey Street). If you want to hit all of them quickly, download a map of the spread-out exhibit here. And in case you hadn't guessed, canned food donations will be gladly accepted.
Check out our slideshow of competitors below.