Friday, October 12, 2007

Raleigh CANstruction

In Raleigh, we have a wonderful "art" exhibit called CANstruction. Design firms from all over the country build amazing structures all from canned food! The exhibit runs for a few months and when the structures are de-constructed, the cans are donated to a local Food Bank.

This is such a fun project that is held in over 100 cities all across the country. Since it's inception in 1992, Canstruction projects have donated over 10 million pounds of food. In our city, Canstrucion has been running since 1999 and has donated over 250,000 pounds of food to our local Food Bank!

This weekend, we headed to the Marbles, our new kids museum, to check out the Canstruction exhibit. The theme was Toys and Games. What fun! They had the most creative structures! My favorite was the Light Brite - it was lit from the inside and they used Gatorade bottles as the colorful pegs. They had a Battleship, a Hungry Hippo, a Mr. Potato Head and a Monopoly board, among others. They also had a table for kids to build their own.

It really was amazing to me how some of these things were constructed - especially Mr. Potato Head. It just didn't seem like it would be able to stand on it's own. But, I must say, I'm pretty proud that Raleigh is participating in such a neat and meaningful project!

You can see more photos here at the Food Bank Website - plus a time-lapsed video of the building of Mr. Potato Head!

1 comment:

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

We are committed recyclers at Silver Bell Cottage; what a great way to use discarded cans.