19th Annual Canstruction
On Display Tuesday, March 8 – Sunday, March 27
The 19th Annual Cincinnati Canstruction exhibit goes on display Tuesday, March 8 – Sunday, March 27 at various downtown locations. 16 teams of architects, engineers and construction firms put their skills and creativity to the test, swiftly turning stacks of canned goods into marvelous pieces of art. It’s something you need to see for yourself and you can at the following locations:
- The Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts
- The front lobby of the Aronoff Center for the Arts
- The Scripps Center on Walnut Street
- The Downtown Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
- The Center at 600 Vine
- The Hyatt Regency on West 5th Street
- Macy’s Fountain Place
- The Hampton Inn & Suites on Vine Street
90-minute walking tours of the Cincinnati Canstruction exhibits will be available free of charge. Groups will meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Weston Art Gallery, at the corner of Seventh and Walnut Streets, on Saturday, March 12; Saturday, March 19; and Saturday, March 26. This is a free, family friendly event–comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
A panel of judges reviews all the sculptures before selecting the winning displays in different categories, including “Best Meal,” “Best Use of Labels,” “Structural Ingenuity,” “Jurors’ Favorite” and the “CAN Spirit Award. The overall winners then have the opportunity to compete for international honors.
“Canstruction helps to bring attention to hunger in our community,” said Freestore Foobank President and CEO Kurt Reiber. “It is also among the top three largest food drive to support our efforts. We truly appreciate everyone involved in the event.”
Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to donate a canned good or non-perishable item as the cost of “admission.” Online donations are accepted here. All proceeds benefit the Freestore Foodbank and at the close of the exhibit, all canned goods are donated to our organization. In fact, since the local competition began in 1997, Cincinnati’s “architects of food” have donated more than 656,000 pounds of food to our efforts, enough to provide over 546,000 meals to our hungry neighbors in the Tri-State area.