Canstruction Build Out at the National Building Museum

pic courtesy of Capital Area Foodbank
pic courtesy of Capital Area Foodbank

Canstruction 2014 is almost here! Twenty-eight teams will have just six hours to construct their imaginative sculptures!

This year’s theme “Play With Your Food” turns the childhood admonition on its head. A record number of teams will use cans of food to recreate giant versions of classic toys and games including chess pieces, roller skates, and tree houses. The theme celebrates the National Building Museum’s architectural toy collection, which is composed of 2,300 objects dating from the 1860s to the 1990s.

It’s all good fun with a serious message: to raise awareness about hunger in the DC area. Collected cans are donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Last year, Canstruction collected 56,000 pounds of food — equivalent to nearly 42,000 meals — and $8,000 from online “People’s Choice” votes, where one dollar equals one vote.

A local celebrity jury will give out the awards at a reception on September 3 at 6:30 pm in the following categories: Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans, and Jurors’ Favorite. You can vote online for the People’s Choice Award ($1.00 = 1 vote) or donate canned goods in the “ballot box” displayed in front of each construction during the Build Out. The imaginative sculptures will be on display in the Museum’s Great Hall through September 5.

Saturday, August 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004



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