Canstruction? No, it’s not a typo. Canstruction® is an international competition in which teams build theme based structures using (you guessed it) cans. After the competition, all food items are donated to a local food bank. I ran across the Canstruction® Orlando website where I was blown away by what participants have come up with. Their rules are simple. A structure must be built with a minimum of 1000 cans, but no glass containers. Cans of all sizes are acceptable, but no pet food. They strongly discourage food with poor nutritional value, so no soda or junk food (no alcohol either). Props, boxes, and bags are not really encouraged too. If judges see that something can be done with cans, a team that used a prop to do the same will lose points.
Canstruction® Orlando’s 2010 theme was Zoo Can Do It!, teaming up with the Central Florida Zoo. Building took place in the Fashion Square Mall. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see the exhibit, it was de-canstructed today. Cans were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Canstruction® Orlando has also created the World’s Largest Structure of Canned Food consisting of 115,000 cans. Whoa! They were approached by Walt Disney Entertainment to help launch their “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” campaign and the rest goes down in Guinness World Record History. Read about their journey here.