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At White Marsh Mall, Canned Food to Form Art Display

Seeing canned food in a different way is designed to raise awareness about hunger.

Canstruction involves building within a designated space using canned food. (Credit: White Marsh Mall/Facebook)
Canstruction involves building within a designated space using canned food. (Credit: White Marsh Mall/Facebook)

This weekend at White Marsh Mall, volunteers will be constructing sculptures out of canned food.

On Sunday, four teams—including architects, students, engineers and contractors—will transform donated cans into artwork that will be on display in the mall's lower level for the next month.

The following teams will be provided a 10 by 10 by 10-foot space to build using cans that they bring to the event.

Building will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, with judging at 4 p.m. 

The sculptures will remain on display at the mall through Saturday, May 31.

Canstruction, which sponsors the event, is a nonprofit organization that hosts massive canned food structure exhibitions to raise awareness about hunger.

In Maryland, one in seven people does not have access to sufficient food, according to the Maryland Food Bank, which will receive assistance as a result of the Canstruction event.

All canned food used to build the displays this weekend will be donated to the Maryland Food Bank once the sculptures in White Marsh are deconstructed from 8 to 11 a.m. on June 1. There will be an awards gala from noon to 2 p.m. that day at The Greene Turtle in White Marsh.

Canstruction events in the Baltimore area have provided the Maryland Food Bank with more than 60,000 pounds of food and more than $5,000 in cash, according to the American Institute of Architects in Baltimore, which supports the project.

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