Food tin sculptures to feed needy

21:18, Feb 24 2014
BeCanz, Canstruction contest
PUNTING: BeCanz, a team from Beca Ltd, have entered an elaborate scene from the Avon River into the Canstruction contest.
Can Do
BIG BIRD: A can-made kiwi from Davis Ogilvie and Partners Ltd, entered under the team name Can Do.
DIGGING IN: This mighty digger, from The Canisters at SCIRT, is one of 11 on display at the Ellerslie Flower Show in Hagley Park.
Creative Canstruction
RUGBY FANS: Creative Canstruction, from McConnell Dowell Constructors, sent in a sporty submission.
Downer Creative Construction
WORK MAN: Downer New Zealand's Downer Creative Construction entry wears the Canterbury favourite - a hi-vis jacket.
Fletcher EQR Technical Team
WOOF: Rex, Fletcher EQR Technical Team's entry, is vying for the Canstruction title.
Liquefaction Action
WHEELY GOOD: Liquefaction Action, from City Care, bring post-quake projects to life in their display.
Ministry of Construction
A REAL SIZZLER: Opus International Consultants, Portacom NZ and Leighs Construction - AKA Ministry of Construction - opted for a barbecue theme.
Mission with a Heart
BUSH TO BEACH: Mission With A Heart, from MWH, shows an abstract koru and ocean wave of water - representing our recreational backyard.
The New Royals
CAN CAN: The New Royals, from Isaac Theatre Royal Rebuild Team, RCP, Warren and Mahoney, Holmes Consulting, Naylor Love, and Hang Up, go for a theatrical hit with their dancing entry.
Canterbury Rebuild
ON THE HORIZON: Canterbury Rebuild, from Fulton Hogan NZ, entered this stunning landscape.

A backyard barbecue, a dog in a kennel and a punting trip down the Avon River are among the scenes recreated with food cans in the name of charity.

Christchurch's inaugural Canstruction event was held at the Ellerslie Flower Show today, challenging members of the city's design and construction industries to build giant three-dimensional sculptures using cans of food. 

Canstruction is an international non-profit organisation that has held can collection events in more than 200 cities. 

Ten Christchurch teams were required to build sculptures representing the theme 'In our Backyard' using at least 1000 unopened cans. The labels on the cans could not be altered or covered in any way.

At least one member of each five-person team had to be an architect or engineer, responsible for mentoring their team and certifying the structural integrity of the finished structure. 

Teams utilised cardboard, plywood, sticking tape, rubber bands, sting and wire to hold the food items in place, but were not allowed to use glue or welding.  

The finished sculptures will be on display at the Ellerslie Flower Show until Sunday and the 30,000-odd cans used will then be donated to the Christchurch City Mission's food bank.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team were named 'jurors favourite' and won the 'best meal' award.

Davis Ogilvie and Partners Ltd won 'best use of labels' for their giant kiwi, while the award for 'structural integrity' went to MWH's wave-inspired work and City Care won the 'honourable mention' award for their liquefaction clean-up scene.

The public can vote for their favourite on The Press' Facebook page from Wednesday until Sunday or by donating $1 at the Ellerslie Flower Show.


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