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From Cans of Food to Works of Art

March 28, 2014

Portland Canstrution® runs April 7-13, 2014

After weeks of planning, designing and fundraising, some of Portland’s top architects, engineers and construction experts will show off their creative side for Portland Canstruction®. The annual charity event transforms more than 35,000 cans of food into imaginative sculptures and scenes.

Between April 7 and 13 the public is invited to Pioneer Place in downtown Portland for a close up look at what it takes to create the whimsical and wildly inventive sculptures. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite structure by filling out a People’s Choice ballot. They can also help their favorite team take home the Most Meals award by donating online (donate page link).

A team of judges will select the best sculpture in each of the following categories:

  • Best Meal
  • Structural Ingenuity
  • Best Use of Labels
  • Juror’s Favorite
  • Honorable Mention

Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to bring high quality, non-perishable foods as a donation. Donated items will be given to the Oregon Food Bank along with the cans used in the competition.

Canstruction® Portland began in 1997. Since its inception, it has raised 489,200 pounds of food and donated $179,980 to fight hunger in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. 

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