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'Canstruction' Food Drive Brings Massive, Quirky Sculptures Downtown

By Irene Plagianos | November 9, 2015 3:00pm
 The Charging Bull, created by Thornton Tomasetti design firm, is on display at Canstruction
The Charging Bull, created by Thornton Tomasetti design firm, is on display at Canstruction
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BATTERY PARK CITY —  How can Wall Street's Charging Bull, Donald Trump and a guy manspreading on the subway help stamp out hunger this week?

By being made from thousands of cans of food.

Thirty giant, whimsical sculptures, made entirely of canned goods, are on display at Brookfield Place for the city's 23rd annual "Canstruction" food drive and design competition.

This year's exhibit, which runs through Nov. 16, includes a replica of the "no manspreading" signs on the subway, called "Be Considerate, Good Etiquette is CAN’tagious," built by a team from the MTA. It also includes the Wall Street Charging Bull, made by design firm Thornton Tomasetti, and a sculpture of CANdidates, which features Donald Trump on one side, and Kanye West on the other — made from $3,000 cans of mostly tuna by the HOK firm.

"Be Considerate, Good Etiquette is CAN’tagious," built by a team from the MTA.

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 the hungry.

Visitors to the event 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. 16 .