The 20th Annual Cincinnati Canstruction exhibit is on display Tuesday, April 4 – Sunday, April 23 at various downtown locations. 19 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 Aronoff Center for the Arts
- The Scripps Center at 312 Walnut Street
- The Downtown Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
- The street-level window at 101 West Seventh Street
- The lobby of Carew Tower at 441 Vine Street
- The Hyatt Regency at 151 West Fifth Street
- Macy’s Fountain Place
- The PNC Center at 250 East Fifth 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, April 8; Saturday, April 15; and Saturday, April 22. 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,” “Best Original Design” and “Most Cans.” The public is “also invited to vote on Facebook in the “People’s Choice” award. The overall winners then have the opportunity to compete for international honors.
Visitors to the exhibit are encouraged to donate a canned good or non-perishable item as the cost of “admission.” 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 736,000 pounds of food to our efforts, enough to provide over 613,000 meals to our hungry neighbors in the Tri-State area.