From the 2012 Olympics to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA – CANstruction is making its way around the world. Its next stop, Pittsburgh!

For the second year in a row, CANstruction will unite Pittsburghers to help feed the hungry. Carrying the torch for an international charity, CANstruction Pittsburgh brings together the local design community to build sculptures entirely out of canned goods – all donated to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Recently, CANstruction demonstrated its creative prowess at the 2012 London Games where it displayed a replica of the PUMA EvoSpeed shoe worn by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. The PUMA shoe time lapse video can be viewed here.

Typically, giant CANstruction sculptures take 1,000 or more cans to build. While cardboard, clear tape, or wire can be used to adjoin cans, none of these materials can be visible from the exterior.

Last year’s winning sculptures in Pittsburgh included replicas of StarKist’s Charlie the Tuna, the Duquesne Incline, and an oversized power drill, all made out of aluminum cans and other food packages. To view pictures on CANstruction Pittsburgh’s Facebook page, click here.

Teams for this year’s Pittsburgh contest are being assembled by IKM Incorporated, Perkins Eastman, Giant Eagle Design, IBACOS, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Carpenters Union, and Desmone and Associates Architects.

Awards categories include Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Juror’s Favorite, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice. All winners go on to the international competition, where over 150 cities in the past have participated in CANstruction.

In September, CANstruction exhibits will be on public display at One Oxford Center, 301 Grant Street, from Monday, the 24th through Friday, the 28th. Come and check it out!

For more information, please contact Anastasia Herk –