Canstruction® Atlanta, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, today announced the launch of its 20th annual art exhibition program and philanthropic event in association with the American Institute of Architects (AIA, Atlanta Chapter) and Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The announcement kicks-off months of advanced planning and participation on the parts of Canstruction Atlanta committee members, a variety of sponsors, and numerous design teams, resulting in massive art structures made of canned food goods at three office towers adjacent to Atlantic Station, in Atlanta, Nov. 4-16, 2018. The exhibition will be free of charge and open to the general public.
The Canstruction Atlanta organization, which comprises Architectural, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) industry members and a wide range of related community members, inspires and facilitates metro-area participants to create and build the food can art displays. The program raises awareness of Atlanta-area hunger insecurity and generates food and funds for the Food Bank, while shedding a spotlight on the local design industry.
The can structures art exhibition will commence with an initial build-out day Nov. 3, during which up to 20 design teams will have 12 hours to assemble their individual can structures. They will be enabled to use canned goods of all sizes, wood, tape, rubber bands, wire, and Velcro to create self-supporting structures. The creative displays may be reminiscent of, but not limited to, such edifices as futuristic cars and airplanes; popular cartoon characters; items related to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry; iconic area landmarks; and any number of other highly imaginative ideas.
“The Canstruction Atlanta 2018 art exhibition will transform normal building interiors into creative galleries that are colorful, vibrant and entertaining to visit,” said Chris Jenkins, Canstruction Atlanta 2018 committee chair and Pond director of operations. “The annual Canstruction Atlanta program and canned food exhibitions help address hunger in the metro area and bring together people from different design-oriented industries.”
The art structures will feature design expertise from some of Georgia’s most talented architects, engineers, construction professionals, and designers. Each canned food art display will showcase a unique design concept as a standalone part of the exhibition’s entire series.
Design teams’ gigantic art structures will bring temporary art to public spaces in the lobbies of the Atlantic Station office buildings, including 171, 201 and 271 17th Street NW, Atlanta.
Free entrance for the public will take place seven days a week, Nov. 4-16, 2018, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. During weekends, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, access will be granted by pressing the intercom button next to each main office lobby door.
The annual program involves a juried design competition, culminating in an awards gala. One winner will be awarded in each of six Canstruction International categories to include “Best Meal,” “Most Cans,” “People's Choice,” “Best Use of Labels,” “Structural Ingenuity,” and “Best Original Design.” A seventh, special winner will be presented with the “Can-bassador Award” by the Canstruction Atlanta local committee.
The awards gala is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, 7-9 p.m. EST, on the Nelson Mullins® office rooftop patio at 201 17th Street, NW, Atlanta. The public is invited to attend the gala. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at www.canstructionatl.com or at the door.
The annual program and event activities will draw to a close with a special Disassembly and Donation Day, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, when all can structures will be dismantled and bestowed to the Food Bank for distribution to hundreds of interrelated, nonprofit organizations with hunger-relief programs benefitting Metropolitan Atlanta and North Georgia citizens.
Canstruction Atlanta is seeking individual and corporate sponsors to provide participatory support. Seven sponsorship packages are available in exchange for applicable benefits. Sponsorship levels include “Elite,” “Corporate,” “Platinum,” “Diamond,” “Gold,” “Silver,” and “Bronze.” Sponsorships and donations are tax deductible and can be attained through www.canstructionatl.com/sponsors.