Canstruction 2011

What is Canstruction?

Canstruction® is the most unique food charity in the world! A foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), Canstruction® is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these professionals, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food.

The results are displayed to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits in each city where a competition is held. At the close of the exhibitions all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to emergency feeding programs that include pantries, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centers.

Paradigm Design, Inc. created a sculpture using approximately 4,700 cans; double what we have used in previous years. This year over 12,000 cans total were donated by the Canstruction Grand Rapids competition. Our sculpture won the award for Structural Ingenuity for the third year in a row along with our second award for Public’s Choice.

With our sculpture we hope to celebrate the opportunity for a peaceful change in Egypt. It is a new world where people are able to organize and mobilize through the use of instant messaging, cell phones, and social media. It is becoming harder to repress a people when they are aware of the freedoms that other’s have.

Special thank you to our generous sponsors for their contributions to our sculpture. All proceeds are donated to the Salvation Army Booth Family Services.