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Yes, they CAN

The Juror’s Favorite was Passero Associates — ‘We’re not in CAN-sas anymore!’ — which was built with 2,020 cans and is a depiction of scenes from “The Wizard of Oz.” Courtesy CANstruction/Society for Design Administration

With can-do attitudes, they brainstormed, designed and built winning entries for the 2010 CANstruction Rochester design-and-build competition.

Winners were announced Friday at an awards dinner at the Bausch & Lomb Winter Garden where the canned sculptures are being displayed through Saturday:

  • Juror’s Favorite: Passero Associates — “We’re not in CAN-sas anymore!” built with 2,020 cans.
  • Best Meal: LaBella Associates — “Alienate Hunger” (3,220 cans)
  • Honorable Mention: The Pike Co. — “Ride the Wave to Fight Hunger!” (8,833 cans)
  • Structural Ingenuity: Wegmans Development Group — “A City’s Drive to Bridge the Hunger Gap” (3,110 cans)
  • Best Use of Labels: HBT Architects — “CANdelabra: Shedding Light on the Hunger Problem” (2,570 cans)

CANstruction is an international charity created by the Society for Design Administration. Architects and engineers create giant works of sculptural art  made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Items used in the local contest benefit Foodlink.

Winners will compete in their categories internationally through submission of slide photography to a national panel of jurors.

Event chairs Ken and Rick Glazer presented the entries Nov. 8 to five local judges: Brother Wease (Alan Levin) of 95.1 FM The Fox; Albert Paley, metal sculptor and AIA Lifetime Achievement Award winner; Dan Edgell, 2010 president of AIA Rochester and senior Architect at Stantec; Sarah Lentini, president & CEO of the Arts & Cultural Council; and Chuck Thomas, director of planning for the City of Rochester. The results remained confidential until the awards dinner.
Sculptures may be viewed 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, when visitors may contribute canned food donations.

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