Food tin sculptures to feed needy

3D food tin art will feed those in need

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 19:40 24/02/2014

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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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