Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Architects Stack Up Cans To Knock Down Hunger

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s an eight-foot-tall structure at the New York Design Center that bears an uncanny resemblance to melting M&Ms – and surprise, surprise, it’s made of cans.

It’s part of the 13th annual Canstruction Competition which takes place Thursday (Nov. 10) and gives 35 architecture and engineering firms a chance to show off structures and sculptures built entirely out of canned foods.

Canstruction’s Executive Director Cheri Melillo says with a donation of one can of food or more, the public can feast their eyes on awesome can creations like giant melting M&Ms, titled Melt In Your Mouth Not On Your Cans, or King Kong hanging off the Empire State Building.

This year, the architects are using about 132,000 cans of food to create 35 structures, and Melillo jokes that besides collecting food for the hungry, they compete to win ribbons “mostly for the glory.”

She reveals tuna and sardine cans make nice building blocks, but that people should know better than to try to touch or remove a can from a structure.

She says touchy-feely folks have made entire creations collapse and it makes her want to scream, “What are you, crazy?!”

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