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Annual 'Canstruction' Food Drive Brings Towering Sculptures Downtown

By Irene Plagianos | February 5, 2013 10:43am

BATTERY PARK CITY — These designers have a can-do attitude.

Twenty-four giant, whimsical sculptures, made entirely of canned goods, are on display at Brookfield Place World Financial Center for the city's 20th annual "Canstruction" food drive and design competition.

This year's exhibition, which runs through Feb. 11, includes a massive beehive, artist Jeff Koon's Balloon Dog and The Staten Island Ferris wheel, all painstakingly pieced together from cans.

The food donation usually takes place right before Thanksgiving, but because of Hurricane Sandy, this year's event had to be postponed.

When the exhibition closes, the sculptures will be dismantled and all the cans — which totaled more than 100,000 — will be donated to City Harvest to help feed hungry New Yorkers and people still recovering from Sandy.

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

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

Canstruction is on view at the World Financial Center, at 220 Vesey St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Feb. 11, when it will close at 5 p.m.