One can of food will make a difference, especially in Akron. This year, AIA Akron, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, hosted the second annual Canstruction, a design and build sculpture charity event at We Gallery and Uncorked Wine Bar in downtown Akron. The event is part of a larger, national nonprofit, Canstruction, Inc., which hosts international events benefiting local food banks.
Participating teams came together on June 1, a designated build day, to create large sculptures based upon a chosen theme. These sculptures are made entirely out of canned foods that will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. From now until June 30, the sculpture exhibit will be on display at the gallery and wine bar.
The 2012 event’s theme was “childhood,” chosen to help represent Kate, Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank’s animated spokesperson who symbolizes the many hungry children in the local area.
“The Akron-Canton Regional Food bank serves eight counties and by helping them directly, we reach out to more than 400 different agencies and organizations that provide food and programs to the community,” said Sarah Markley, AIA Ohio Associate Director and Akron Canstruction coordinator.
Five teams submitted design drawings in mid-May to create structures within a 10-foot by 10-foot by 8-foot space. On June 2, jurors Tony Troppe, creative director of Historic District Management Company, Del Ray Loven, artist and University of Akron professor, and Mike Sutton, vice president of SE Blueprint, Inc., reviewed and decided on winners from five participating teams.
The awards included:
• Structural Ingenuity: “Swirl and Twirl,” Christine Martini part of Geis Companies team.
• Juror’s Favorite: Can-on-Arcade, Ben Rantilla part of Hasenstab Architects team.
• Best Use of Labels: “Go Ask Your Mother/Father,” Rob Habel part of Braun & Steidl Architects team
• Best Meal: “Lunch Box,” Mike Sanbury part of Chambers, Murphy, Burge and Alan Burge Architects team.
• Honorable Mention: “Can Art,” Erin Ludlam part of We Gallery, Uncorked Wine Bar and Mota Design Group team.
In 2011 and 2012, the charity event collected more than 25,000 cans for the foodbank, but the number will grow. The public can place donated cans in front of favorite sculptures until June 30 in order to give out a People’s Choice Award to the winning team in July.
“Architects want to give back to community and this is an excellent way to show off our skill and help others,” said Markley. “The charity event provides us with a way to reach out to our neighbors in need.”
SE BLUEPRINT, INC., IMAGINit Technologies, W.L. Tucker Supply Company and Pizza Hut sponsored the 2012 AIA Canstruction event.