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Third annual CANstruction charity edible art exhibition set for Nov. 19 at Lexington Center


CANstruction, a charity art exhibition featuring structures made entirely out of full cans of food, will celebrate it’s third year in Lexington Nov. 19.

The unique edible competition, sponsored by The American Institute of Architects East Kentucky Chapter (AIA EKC), will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lexington Center downtown and features five teams from Lexington’s top architectural and engineering firms in a head to head competition to design and build “canstructures.”

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“We are happy to have this event back for its third year in Lexington” said Michael Halligan, God’s Pantry Food Bank, CEO. “Having fun, unique ways to involve the community in the fight against hunger, is always exciting for us. Last year’s amazing structures helped create more than 16,000 meals. We can’t wait to see what CANstruction will bring in 2019.”

All canned goods will be donated to local God’s Pantry Food Bank at the end of the competition.

The 5 participating teams this year will be:

• Ross Tarrant Architects/CMTA
• GRW
• Lord Aeck Sargent/KLH Engineers/Brown + Kubican/Messer Construction
• Gray Construction
• Integrity Architecture/Poage Engineers/Stantec

The resulting ‘canstructures’ will be on display from November 19 after 6 p.m. until December 8 for the public to view. There are six award categories for the competition: Most Cans, People’s Choice, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and Best Original Design. All local winners will move on the International Competition which will announce winners at the 2020 American Institute of Architects National Convention in Los Angeles, CA.

“AIA EKC is very excited to partner with God’s Pantry Food Bank and The Shops at Lexington Center for the third annual Lexington CANstruction event,” said AIA EKC representatives. “We’re very fortunate to have strong support and sponsorship from local firms and companies to make it all possible. This year, we have both brand new and returning teams who have pushed their creative boundaries to develop great ideas for the can structures. As a result, we are proud to increase the number of cans that will benefit the Food Bank. CANstruction is a great opportunity for the design community to engage with the public; with this year’s playful theme of Heroes and Villains, we hope to draw interest to the event, increase awareness for the Canstruction organization and give back to those in need with the help of God’s Pantry Food Bank.”

This year’s event sponsors include The Shops at the Lexington Center, Kroger, Lynn Imaging/Monster Color, Facility Commissioning Group, Thermal Equipment Sales, Spohn, Clay Ingels, Omni Architects, and Louisville Tile.

From God’s Pantry Food Bank


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