Oh, Say Can You See Cans?

See what CAN be done with CANS at a cool new exhibit on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

One of last year's CANstruction winners.

CANstruction 2010 is an exhibit of 15 colossal structures made entirely out of cans by local architects, construction companies and engineers.
About 70,000 cans of food were used to create the masterpieces for this 4th annual design competition; all those canned goods will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help in the fight against hunger.
The event is free, but the Food Depository asks that you bring a canned food donation to the exhibit and drop it in one of the Food Depository Food Drive barrels in the lobby of the Merchandise Mart.
While you’re there, check out these prize winners:
JURORS’ FAVORITE
BEST MEAL
“The Changing Face of Hunger” ~ Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
STRUCTURAL INGENUITY
“SCREW Hunger” ~ Eckenhoff Saunders Architects / Thornton Tomasetti / TGRWA Structural Engineers / V3 Companies
BEST USE OF LABELS
“Taking a deep slice out of hunger… one can at a time” ~ Environmental Systems Design, Inc.
MOST CREATIVE NAME
AIA/SEAOI AWARD “MAKE NO SMALL CANS”
“Bust Your ‘Burro’ to End Hunger” ~ Gensler
MOST CANS (over 8,600!)
CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY AWARD “IN DEMAND”
“CANstruction Ahead – End Hunger Now” ~ RJN Group, Inc.

* * *

What: CANstruction
Where: The Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago
When: Daily through June 2
Cost: Free, but please bring a canned good to donate
Info: (800) 677-6278