Canstruction 2024: Building ‘Cansculptures’ to Fight Local Hunger


June 21, 2024
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By Hannah Hernandez
By Hannah Hernandez

Colossal and artistic Cansculptures will rise at Park Place Mall!

It all starts Saturday, June 22 on “Build Day” as Canstruction begins to take shape.

Four teams will compete in building sculptures of mythical creatures! Stacked cans of food will become a solar dragon, the legendary sea monster Kraken, a Nessie built out of 3,800 cans of tuna, and a jackelope.

The canned creations will be on display in the center court at Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., through Wednesday, July 10 for the public to enjoy. During Build Day (Saturday, June 22), the public is welcome to watch the work and design that goes into the Cansculptures.

Do you want to vote on your favorite Cansculpture? All you need to do is donate online!

The sculpture winning the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award. Judges will also award prizes including Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most Cans, and other categories.

Competing teams in Canstruction will have a set of rules and guidelines when assembling the canned food sculptures, with limits on how many other materials may be used to complete the structure.

Following the display period, the sculptures will be taken apart and all cans of food used in the contest will be donated to the Community Food Bank, and distributed to people throughout Southern Arizona.

The Cansculptures will be on display in the center court at the Park Place Mall, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, visit donate.communityfoodbank.org.

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