KY engineers and architects to compete in charity art exhibition


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Some architects are ignoring Mom’s rule and playing with their food – but it’s for a good cause.

The American Institute of Architects East Kentucky Chapter says it will host its third annual donation drive, CANstruction, a charity art exhibition that features structures made entirely out of full cans of food. At the end competition they are donated to God’s Food Pantry.

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The chapter says on November 19 at 8 a.m. at the Lexington Center downtown, five teams from Lexington’s top architectural and engineering firms will compete to design and build the can structures.

God’s Pantry Food Bank CEO Michael Halligan says he is excited for what the competition will bring.

“Having fun, unique ways to involve the community in the fight against hunger, is always exciting for us. Last year’s amazing structures helped create more than 16,000 meals. We can’t wait to see what CANstruction will bring in 2019.”

The chapter says the result CANcompetition will be on display from November 19 after 6 p.m. until December 8 for the public to view.

According to the chapter, there are 6 award categories for the competition: Most Cans, People’s Choice, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, and Best Original Design.

The chapter says ]all local winners will move on the International Competition which will announce winners at the 2020 American Institute of Architects National Convention in Los Angeles.