Crazy art pieces made out of cans will be built in Burnaby on Saturday


This is a dragon built out of cans at a previous event. CONTRIBUTED

Burnaby is getting 10 new buildings built in the Lougheed area – all finished in one day.

The CANstruction food bank fundraiser is taking over Burnaby, with its first event in the Greater Vancouver area in more than two years happening at Lougheed Town Centre this Saturday.

CANstruction features 10 teams from across the Greater Vancouver area competing in the design and building of fun, large structures made entirely out of nutritious canned foods.

Each team has 12 hours to build their structure on build day (Nov. 3), at which point structures will be on display as art exhibits. With a donation of $5 or three cans of food, the public will have a chance to cast a vote for their favourite design. The theme for CANstruction is “It takes a village” and the unique structures will be on display for the public to check out for more than a week.

This is a crazy animal built out of cans at a previous event. CONTRIBUTED

Originally conceived in New York in 1992, CANstruction aims to serve those in need while uniting the time and talent of the design and building community. Now in its 14th year of competition, CANstruction continues to serve as a family-friendly art exhibition and a critical “food-raiser” for food banks that benefit people in Burnaby and New Westminster, and other areas. Cans used in the building of structures will go towards individuals who access Food Bank programs in those communities.

“After taking a year off, we are excited to bring CANstruction Vancouver back and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is grateful for the partnership and support we are receiving from SHAPE Properties and Lougheed Town Centre to make this event possible,” said Cynthia Kinsella of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. “We can’t wait to see the fun, creative structures that all the teams come up with this year.”

These are volunteers building weird stuff out of cans at a previous event. CONTRIBUTED

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will receive 100 per cent of the proceeds of CANstruction, in support of the more than 27,000 people who access GVFB services weekly. Since its beginning in 2002, CANstruction Vancouver has raised more than 1.39 million cans of food for the GVFB.