This blog post is all about “Canstruction” which is a charity event that tries to raise awareness about the sheer amount of people who are relying more and more on food banks just to survive. Now all these amazing designs ( that are all just tins of food and not much more) are made by architects, designers, general trades-people and students are just a chance to show what a tin of food can be seen as something happy to some people. Normally these builds are taken from their designers own happy memories, so I bring you…
BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Canstruction
10 – But how do you shake it to start again?!?
FACT: Canned tuna is the number one most used building material among the Canstruction sculptures, in fact, it makes up a very fishy 11% of all cans used! Why? Because of the compact design of the tins.
9 – We all have great memories of watching “The Simpsons!”
FACT: Although most of the designs seem to be random there are competition rules about the size of them! Constructions are not allowed to be larger than 10 feet wide, 10 feet long
and 10 feet tall!
8 – 40,000 tins under the sea.
FACT: 8% of people who get food from food banks filled with the Canstruction earned tins are working full-time, but still can’t afford to feed their family’s.
7 – ‘C’ is for Canstruction!
FACT: Canstruction teams take the competitions very seriously and the team often consist of a designer, architecture, engineer and a construction specialist!
6 – Feed me again Sam!
FACT: Since January 2009 the requests for food assistance from the charity has more than doubled! Some say that this is because people are more aware of food banks, but I think that is rubbish and it is just a sign of more and more people struggling.
5 – I would like to think that is all tins of cat food and sardines. But it probably isn’t.
FACT: 55,000 volunteer hours are spent each year sorting, packing, and distribution of the food raised by the events.
4 – “Soup to B4″……..” you sunk my meatballs!”
FACT: 90% of all the food raised by Canstruction goes to vulnerable seniors! A sad sign of the times indeed.
3 – The Angry Birds smash it again!
FACT: In 2012 alone Canstruction raise over 3,401,951 lbs of tinned food! Which is about 5 million dollars in value!
2 – Welcome to the tin side!
FACT: Since it began the Canstruction charity events have given out 2,517,443 meals! And all of them consisting of 1.4 cans per meal.
1 – Super Mario would be proud, and so would Nintendo.
FACT: Canstruction has been running every year for the last 20 years! A lot longer than most people think.