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March 11, 2011 513-482-4511
FreestoreFoodbank Announces Winners of Canstruction® Art Competition
Exhibit remains on display through March 20th
Cincinnati — The FreestoreFoodbank today announced the winners of this year’s Canstruction art
competition, which challenged 9 local design, architecture, construction and engineering firms to build giant
sculptures made entirely of canned goods and non-perishable foods. The exhibit has already collected over
37,000 cans for donation to the FreestoreFoodbank, including the cans used in the sculptures and donated
during a food drive competition between non-participating firms around the city.
The exhibit will remain on display through March 20 at five downtown locations – the Weston Art
Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Duke Energy Headquarters
Building, the Scripps Center and the Public Library of Cincinnati. Visitors to the five exhibit sites can see this
year’s winning sculptures and support Canstruction in its fight against hunger by donating a canned good or
non-perishable item as the cost of “admission.”
This year’s winning sculptures included the following:
Jurors' Favorite – "Hunger is Hard to Bear!" – Turner Construction Company
Structural Ingenuity – "Blow the Horn on Hunger" – Hixson Architecture, Engineering, Interiors,
Best Use of Labels – "Putting the Pieces Together to End Hunger” – CR architects + design/The
Best Meal – "Strikeout Hunger" – Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, ASCE Student
o "Blast Hunger to a Galaxy Far, Far Away" – PEDCO E & A Services/Sysco Foods
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o "Catching Hunger is No ‘Can of Corn’" – BHDP Architecture/Messer Construction
In addition, this year’s “CAN Spirit Award” went to Turner Construction Company for “Hunger is Hard
to Bear,” built with 6,204 cans. Michael Schuster Associates took home the “Food Barrel Challenge Award” for
raising more than 2,400 cans.
Winners of Cincinnati’s Canstruction Art Exhibit, the local arm of a national charity that combines the
competitive spirit of a design contest with a unique way to feed the hungry, will move on to the national
Canstruction competition in May. Photos of Cincinnati’s winners will be submitted to the national Canstruction
panel and compared to the winners from more than 100 Canstruction competitions around the U.S., in order to
determine a national winner.
Locally the competition is co-sponsored by the Cincinnati Chapters of the Society for Design
Administration and the American Institute of Architects. Other contributors include Jaguar/Land Rover of
Cincinnati, the American Council of Engineering Companies – Cincinnati Region; the Society for Marketing
Professional Services – Greater Cincinnati Chapter; Media Sponsor, Cincy Chic Magazine; Community
Outreach Sponsor, The Women’s Book; ARC; First Star Safety; The Kroger Co.; Selvaggio Teske +
Associates; Heapy Engineering; Thelen Associates; KLH Engineers; Prus Construction; J.K. Meurer
Corporation; USI Insurance; The Weston Art Gallery; the Contemporary Arts Center, Duke Energy; and the
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Since the local competition began in 1997, Cincinnati’s “architects of food” have donated more than
425,000 pounds of food to the FreestoreFoodbank.
About Canstruction®, Inc.:
Canstruction® is a not-for-profit foundation of the Society for Design Administration whose mission is to “Canstruct a
World Without Hunger.” Working in tandem with the American Institute of Architects and other members of the design
and construction industry, Canstruction is making a significant contribution to the fight against HUNGER. Canstruction
combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. A national
competition takes place in at least 100 cities, with winning displays from each city competing for national honors. In 2004
and 2005, Cincinnati displays were national runners-up. In 2006, the Hixon/Reece-Campbell team won the “Structural
Ingenuity” award and in 2007, McGill Smith Punshon won in the “Most Cans” category. In 2009, McGill Smith Punshon
won the Structural Ingenuity award.
About the FreestoreFoodbank:
The FreestoreFoodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider in the Tri-State. The organization is a trusted
partner to 400 nonprofit member agencies spread across 20 counties, through which the FreestoreFoodbank annually
distributes 10 million pounds of food and product to more than 160,000 individuals. By providing emergency food
distribution, the FreestoreFoodbank works to determine the root causes of poverty and food insecurity and is able to
provide an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, Food Stamps assistance, Medicaid outreach and
others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The FreestoreFoodbank is a member of Feeding America.