Miracle on the Hudson
Paradigm Design, Inc. created a sculpture using over 1,500 cans. Using the assortment of canned goods we innovatively recreated one of the biggest news stories of 2009, the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Paradigm’s team worked diligently on the design and layout of each can’s placement to ensure the representation of this “miracle” would be as adequately depicted as possible.
Like most of America, we were inspired by the heroic actions of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. The backdrop of the Manhattan skyline is made of over-sized cans of kidney beans, pizza sauce, and pasta sauce. This gave us the ability to maximize our donation and emphasize the scale of the buildings. Our plane is made primarily with cans of potatoes and tuna. Our goal was to coordinate the cans with the actual colors of Flight 1549. What proved to be our greatest challenge was achieving the round shape of the plane and giving the impression of it floating in the Hudson. The end result proved to be a success with the team winning three awards: Juror’s Choice, Structural Ingenuity, and Public Choice.