2006_11_can2.jpgIn its 14th year, Canstruction, hailed as the most unique food drive in the world, challenges 42 top New York City architecture and design firms to turn donated cans into creations. On display through Wednesday, November 22nd at The New York Design Center (200 Lexington Avenue at 32nd), cans are meticulously stacked and color coordinated into creative designs. Where else can you pretend to play a Canned Piano, courtesy of ads Engineers? Take Cansportation designed by Guy Nordenson and Associates? Or see a CANphibian from STV in a new habitat (surrounded by chairs)?

The canstructions are scattered amongst 15 floors, and six have already been awarded prizes by celebrity judges, including designer Doug Wilson of Trading Spaces. Stop by for your chance to vote in the People’s Choice Award. One can of food grants you admission to the exhibit which is open from 9am-5pm.

All canned food used in building the structures, as well as the donations from the public, will be distributed to emergency food programs served by City Harvest, who along with the Society of Design Administration, American Institute of Architects and New York Design Center sponsor the exhibit. New York City is one of 80 cities sponsoring Canstruction competitions in future months. More than 600 works of art will be created—that’s more than 2,000,000 million pounds of canned food to local food banks.

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Ted Moudis Associates shows us We CAN help, one CAN at a time.