Behold the Most Inspiring Public Art in NYC
"Canstruction" New York 2016
230 Vesey Street
Who would have thought the colorful labels and diverse shapes of canned food would make such an incredible medium for building sculptures? New York City architects and engineers, of course. In 1992, a group of such benevolent thinkers cooked up the idea of challenging designers to build massive sculptures out of thousands of cans of food. After gracing a public space, these temporary pieces of art would then be dismantled and all cans donated to local charities fighting hunger. Thus, "Canstruction" was born. Since then, it has spread to 100+ cities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Portugal. To see the 24th Annual NYC "Canstruction" Competition, simply head 15 minutes downtown from our hotel to the lobby and street level of Brookfield Place (230 Vesey Street).
What You Might See
With an average of 2,000 cans per sculpture, options for subject matter are endless. Some of the most stirring incorporate the concepts of food and hunger into the piece, such as a massive apple core. Other past award winners include a Buddha towering over the clouds, the Wall Street Bull, Finding Dory, Blue Suede Shoes atop a turntable, Anchorman's Ron Burgundy, and The Beatles.
Some Interesting Facts to Chew On
- Over 1,500 types of food come in cans.
- Canned & frozen foods are equally nutritious.
- Canning seals in nutrients & keeps out contamination.
- Cans are the most recycled item in the United States.
- "Canstruction" donated 600,000+ cans of food to charity in 2015.
- Altogether, the project has raised over 40 million pounds of food.