In Brief

22nd Annual Canstruction design competition inspires pop art masterpieces for charity

Thanksgiving is a time that reminds us to be grateful and appreciative of the people around us and the feast in front of us. A confronting statistic, however, is that 1 in 5 New Yorkers are hungry each day — and Thanksgiving serves as no exception. 22 years ago, nonprofit Canstruction started an annual design competition to raise food and awareness for the social issue in an innovative way, challenging people to craft larger-than-life sculptures out of nonperishable goods.

Each November, teams of architects and designers compete in building elaborate sculptures using cans of food. The exhibition includes an impressive 75,000 cans of gravity-defying artwork. At the end of the event, the art is disassembled and donated to City Harvest, the world’s food rescue organization dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry. The charity distributes the goods to 500 soup kitchens and food pantries across the city.

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