Annual 'Canstruction' Food Drive Brings Towering Sculptures Downtown

By Irene Plagianos on November 1, 2013 1:59pm 

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 The annual food drive, featuring impressive sculptures made from cans, returns to Brookfield Place.
Canstruction Food Drive Returns to Brookfield Place
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BATTERY PARK CITY —  When it comes to stamping out hunger, these designers have a can-do attitude.

Twenty-six giant, whimsical sculptures, made entirely of canned goods, are on display at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden for the city's 21st annual "Canstruction" food drive and design competition.

This year's exhibit, which runs through Nov. 13, includes a "Stack Can Island Ferry" built by a team from the MTA, the New York Public Library lions and characters from the animated movie "Despicable Me," all painstakingly pieced together from cans.

When the show closes, the sculptures will be dismantled and all the cans — more than 100,000 in all — will be donated to City Harvest to help feed hungry.

Visitors to the display are also encouraged to bring canned food donations.

"Canstruction" food drives take place across the country and in Canada. Winning teams also take home prizes for their creative designs.

"Canstruction "will be on display in the Brookfield Place Winter Garden at 200 Vesey St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Nov. 12 and until 5 p.m. on Nov. 13.

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