Amazing “Canstruction” creations will provide more than 50,000 cans of food for the hungry

"Fear The Beard!"

What do SF Giant Brian Wilson’s beard and 2,240 cans of beans have in common? The superstar relief pitcher’s infamous beard was one of 13 San Francisco icons contructed from canned food by some of the city’s top architecture, engineering and building firms.  


Check out this cool time-lapse video of  The Design Partnership and McCarthy Building Companies using 8,000 cans of food to build the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – an honorable mention winner in the local Canstruction competition.

It’s all part of Canstruction, an international competition making its debut in San Francisco. The incredible creations, including a cable car, the deYoung Museum, the Chinatown gate and Lombard Street are on display now through Sunday, June 25, 2011, on the 4th floor of the Metreon (4th St. and Mission), 11 am – 7 pm. Admission is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring canned food to donate.

View all 13 of the “uncanny” creations in this slideshow!

Prizes were awarded by a panel of celebrity judges, including Brian Boitano, Food Network star and Olympic Champion Figure Skater; Corey Lee, owner and chef at award-winning Benu; Frank Mallicoat, KPIX Morning News Anchor; Peter Pfau, Architect and Principal at Pfau Long Architecture; Mark Bley, President and CEO of Dome Construction; Laura Blumenfeld of Interior Architecture & Design Department at Academy of Art University; and Mark Moore, Structural Engineer and Principal at ZFA Structural Engineers.  

The judges deliberate

 Winning entries: 

Juror’s Favorite: “The Little Engine that CAN,” by Crome Architecture
Structural Ingenuity: “The Heart of the City – SF Food Bank Logo,” by Bull Stockwell Allen, Tipping Mar, Pankow
Best Use of Labels: “Bay Area Rapid CANsportation,” AKA “Lombard Street,” Arup
Best Meal: “Chillin at FisherCANs Wharf,” AKA “Crab in Chowder Bowl,” by Gensler/Glumac

Crystal Honorable Mentions:

“Fear the Beard,” by Fulcrum Structural Engineering and Feldman Architecture
“I Left My Art In San Francisco,” by Design Partnership and McCarthy Building Companies

Plaque Honorable Mentions:

“Gate at Grant at Grant Avenue,” by KMD, DPR Rutherfore+Chekene and M+NLB
“Historic Castro Theatre,” by Degenkolb Engineers

After the exhibition closes, the 50,000-plus cans of food will be donated to the San Francisco Food Bank – enough to provide thousands of meals for those at risk of hunger. That will be a real boon, because we’ve faced a 32% increase in demand for food assistance in the past year.


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