Monday, February 27, 2012

CANstruction: Edible art that's out of this world

A can of food can be a nourishing meal, can mean the difference to a family struggling to make ends meet, and – in the right hands – can become a piece of art.

The Canstruction Calgary competition, taking place from Feb. 29 – March 9 at the Telus Spark Science Centre, brings together teams of engineers, designers, architects and builders to create structures from canned goods and other non-perishable food items. Afterwards each and every one of these items is distributed to the Calgary Food Bank.

“Knowing that we’re providing many unfortunate people with food is really the greatest benefit,” says Jeff Strashok, who’s leading The City of Calgary’s Engineer-in-Training (EIT) team to build a scintillatingly tasteful sculpture.

Since 2006, Canstruction® Calgary has provided nearly 300,000 pounds of food to needy Calgarians.

For 2012, the competition features an interstellar design theme: “The Universe: Yours to Discover.”

“I can’t reveal our design yet,” says Strashok. “But I can tell you that we drew inspiration from the ParkPlus machines and their usefulness throughout Calgary.”

The Canstruction competition offers City EITs opportunities to take on a project from implementation to demolition, chances to network with colleagues across Calgary, as well as contribute to a worthy charitable cause.

Visit to learn more about this year’s competition.

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