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Canstruction 2017

Exhibition Opening:
October 8, 2017
Exhibition Closing:
October 27, 2017

Canstruction 2017

Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors compete to create colossal sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items.

Founded in 1992, Canstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger across communities, collect food for distribution to thousands and to showcase the creativity of the design industry. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. For more than two decades, the design community in Boston has united through a creative medium that provides canned food for charities fighting hunger in Massachusetts. In 2015, Canstruction Boston donated 82,310 pounds of food from the participating 25 teams, which is the equivalent of more than 63,315 meals meal servings. In the past 20 years, Canstruction Boston has collected more than 800,000 pounds of food, which has provided over 675,000 meals to those in the Greater Boston and surrounding areas.

This year's theme is fairy tales, folklore, and mythical creatures!

Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite works through the Canstruction Boston Facebook page at facebook.com/CanstructionBoston from October 8, until 1:00 pm on October 11. After the sculptures are dismantled, all the canned goods, supplied by the teams, will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Image: Canstruction 2016. Photo: Paige McWhorter.


Celebrate the sesquicentennial anniversary of Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) in 2017. Read a weekly essay by BSA’s leaders and allies and enjoy a free exhibition focusing on its achievements over the last 150 years.