Sunday, November 30, 2008

Canstruction at the Winter Garden

Emergency food programs like City Harvest in NYC currently serve almost 25 million people and that number is expected to greatly increase this year.

Canstruction is an exhibit at the Winter Garden in downtown Manhattan. All sculptures are made entirely from cans of food, and the food is donated to City Harvest afterwards.
Most who use the emergency food programs will be children, women, people of color, people with disabilities and the working poor.
(The above sculpture depicts Sarah Palin's "Bridge to Nowhere")

This one is call "Can Tut."

Teams from architectural and engineering firms compete in competions held throughout North America. Admission is free, but donating a can or two is greatly appreciated!

The Winter Garden is beautiful during the holidays.

A clear veiw of Ground Zero is possible from the platform adjacent to the atrium.


tut-tut said...

THanks; a timely reminder. Around here, the Food Kitchen cupboard is almost bare, donations are way down, and need is, guess what, way up.

I've never been to the Winter Garden; a nice introduction.

Joanne said...

What a great exhibit, artistically and philosophically. I like the swan, very pretty.

Karen said...

A great way to take a somber subject (our rich country's huge number of hungry people) and inject a little humor. I love the panda happily sitting in the bamboo forest! Our food pantries here in Seattle are also reporting increased demand and fewer donations. My daughter's school is doing a food drive and I hope it helps. Tough times for a lot of people. Thanks for the great photos!

Squirrel said...
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Squirrel said...

I recall reading about a trip to the local food pantry in Barbara Ehrenreich's book Nickel and Dimed.
In some places a person would have to take a bus a long distance to a food pantry, only to be given a bar of soap and a box of noodles. I would feel bereft after an experience like that.

The shelves are never stocked well enough.

The photos are great.

tina said...

Those are all so cool. The creativity is awesome.

Anna/Flowergardengirl said...

Truly amazing and for a good cause. I like the American flag the best. The twin towers reminder is always a somber rememberance.

tut-tut said...

Hey, it's Gardening Muse day, I just discovered:

Anonymous said...

What a creative way to display these cans of food! This is surely the season of giving and what a great cause to help those less fortunate.

Squirrel said...

It reminds me of lego land-- !

JGH said...

Tut, sounds like lots of food pantries are in need of extra help this time of year.

Hi Joanne - the swan was one of my favorites too. They must have used some kind of sticky medium to get the neck like that,don't you think?

Karen- glad to hear your daughter's school is doing their part!

Squirrel, Nickle and Dimed opened my eyes to so many things. You're right about the legoland... some of those lego sculptures are astounding!

Tina, there might be a Canstruction project coming to your town!

Anna, pretty clever that they used the campbell's soup cans for the red and white stripes, huh?

Tut, thanks for the note about Gardening Muse Day! I'm afraid I missed it yesterday, but good to know about for the future.

Thanks for stopping by, PGL!!

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