Can-Do Attitude

About the author/photographer: Jennifer Liu has lived in Tribeca for over a year now and loved every moment of it. She enjoys running along the Hudson River and people/dog watching.

The 2010 Canstruction awards ceremony was held Monday night at The Grill Room in the World Financial Center. Twenty-five teams representing New York’s top engineering and architecture firms competed in categories such as “Best Use of Label,” “Structural Integrity,” and “Best Overall.” Judges included chef Rocco DiSpirito and Gail Simmons (“Top Chef”). “I was really blown away by their ambition and their vision,” said Simmons. The teams used more than 101,000 cans of food, ranging from tuna to green beans, to create sculptures of upside-down pyramids, giant salt-and-pepper shakers, larger-than-life toy blocks, and many more architectural feats showcasing creative usage of labels and designs. The big winner was Thornton Tomasetti’s “The BabushCAN,” a pair of nesting dolls. All of the cans will be donated to City Harvest, which will distribute them around the city. The sculptures are on display until November 22 in the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden, and visitors are encouraged to bring a can for donation.


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