Sunday, August 29, 2010


I feel like this weekend has been a whirlwind! The hubs and I were both under the weather yesterday; so we took turns taking naps and caring for Con-Man. I did rally this morning though to head over to our office's CanStruction build.

For those of you unfamiliar with CanStruction it is a charity that Architects and Engineers participate in to raise money for food for local area Food Banks. Here is a little more info about it described by the foundation itself:

Canstruction® is the most unique food charity in the world!

A foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), Canstruction® is a trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America and countries around the world including Australia.  Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these professionals, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely out of canned foods.  It takes 8-12 weeks and thousands of cans of food to create a structure.  

Our office has participated for the last 5 years. This year was our largest structure yet! We used over 8,600 cans of food (mainly tuna fish and salmon) to build this:

Mrs. Potato Head!

(Check out all those boxes full of cans!)

It took several people in our office to draw her in a 3-D model, then 3 different mock up builds to get her right. Today we spent about 8 hours building her in the mall where she will be on display along with all the other teams' structures. If you happen to be in the San Antonio area you should head over to North Star Mall to check them out!

We all had a good time and it was for a great cause- the San Antonio Area Food Bank! 
And thank you to our fearless CanStruction leader Vanessa; who always puts in a ton of hard work and effort making this a success, for the photos. Way to go team!!

Check to see if they're coming to your city!


Debbie said...

What a great cause....I love that Mr. Potatoe head. Thanks for the kind comment:) Debbie

Lisa said...

Wow! That is so cool! A great way to get people to help out in the community and support a good cause!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

That is so cool! It's like legos with canned food. How amazing and creative!

alice said...

What a fantastic job! Mrs. Potato Head is very much in style! Thanks for coming by.
smiles, alice

the cape on the corner said...

holy moly, how neat is that?!?! i love it! also, great fabric sample from ikea, did you make anything with it yet?

so glad you stopped by the cape on the corner, and thanks so much for your comment on my coasters!