Canned food is being seen in a new light today as some of San Francisco’s top architects and engineers present unique pieces of art–made entirely of canned goods–to a panel of celebrity judges.
More than 50,000 cans were used to create designs and sculptures as part of the “canstruction” competition, hosted by the San Francisco Food Bank. All of the cans will be donated to the food bank afterward, organizers said.
Olympic champion figure skater Brian Boitano and Corey Lee, owner and chef of Benu restaurant, will be among the judges.
The theme of this year’s competition is “The Spirit of San Francisco,” and all 13 can sculptures will be on display to the public Thursday at the Metreon’s City View.
One of the entries depicts San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson’s famed beard; another is in the shape of a cable car.
The exhibit is free of charge and visitors are urged to bring a can of food to donate to the food bank.
The large quantity of donated canned goods from this event will be put to good use at the city’s food bank, which has seen a 32 percent increase in demand for food assistance this year, according to organizers.