FORT WAYNE, IN. (May 3, 2011) - Community Harvest Food Bank is proud to announce that CANstruction 2011 will open this weekend running through May 15 at Glenbrook Square. Mentored by local engineering and design professionals, talented high school students will design and construct giant sculptures made with donated canned goods. During the "exhibition" visitors will be treated to an amazing display of artistry engineered using a combination of math, physics and creativity in the main corridor in Glenbrook Square between Macy's and Sears.
The structures will be judged in a variety of categories and the public will be invited to cast their votes in the People's Choice category with cans of food. As an added bonus, students and visitors will gain awareness of the plight of those less fortunate.
At the end of the competition all cans will be donated to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. Last year Community Harvest Food Bank's CANstruction raised the second highest amount of food in the nation; just behind New York City. The event raised 124,404 cans of food weighing 98,658 pounds or the equivalent of 76,000 meals.
Ten area high schools are competing this year along with special structures built by the Northeast Indiana Dietetic Association and a sculpture created by event sponsor Meijer. A smaller version of the Meijer structure can be seen at the Meijer store on Illinois Road now through May 18. The English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation will present scholarships to seniors for their leadership and dedication to CANstruction. This years' event is sponsored by Meijer. Salin Bank is also a sponsor.
- Friday 5/6 9:00am - 9:00pm Build Day - Students must complete their structure during this 12 hour period at Glenbrook Square
- Saturday 5/7 10:00am - Noon Judging (CANstruction on display to the public 5/6 - 5/15)
- Sunday 5/15 2:00pm - 6:00pm De-Construction - Students must have their structure deconstructed during this time period
- Monday 5/16 6:30pm - 8:00pm Awards Ceremony IPFW Walb Student Union Banquet Hall
CANstruction teaches kids the power of giving while also having fun and learning about design and construction. Plus, it's a great event for the community and gives everyone an opportunity to help in the fight against hunger. www.canstructionindiana.org