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MET Launches 12th year Canstruction Vancouver Event

CANS make glorious pixels for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

MET Launches 12th year Canstruction Vancouver Event

April 25, 2014 scott Posted in Blog, Community, Design, Environment, News

Media Preview Advisory                                                                                           April 21, 2014

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Vancouver, B.C.: Canstruction®Vancouver is back for 2014! 20 Teams Design and Build Fantastically HUGE and IMAGINATIVE sculptures out of full cans of food in the heart of downtown!


WHAT: CANstruction®Vancouver is Vancouver’s most incredible creative food sculpture competition and public art exhibition. Teams comprised of Architects, Engineers, Graphic Designers and incredibly creative corporate and school teams build 10’ x 10’ x 8’ sculptures using 90.000+ cans of food.

WHEN:  Media Preview, Sunday May 11th – 11 am – 3pm *competition build finished at 2pm. Open with Free admission to public Monday May 11th – Friday May 16th, 2014

WHERE: The Rotunda at Pacific Centre Mall (media check in at Food Bank desk), total of 3 venues (Rotunda, Pendulum Gallery and Four Seasons Hotel) Vancouver BC, Georgia at Howe


Meet this year’s 12th Year CANstruction teams and get a chance to view their giant canned-food sculptures prior to the May 12th-16th public viewing.          

             Can-Sculpture building in progress

             Interviews with team captains & organizers, corporate and youth teams

             Human interest photos & inspirational team stories

             Finished sculptures

Event takes place May 9th -16th, 2014

Open with Free admission to public May 11th-16th, 2014

About CANstruction® Vancouver

CANstruction®Vancouver is the local chapter of CANstruction, a global anti-hunger project, a trademarked event that has been held in over 140 cities worldwide. The art competition showcases colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition at our three amazing venues; The Pendulum Gallery, The Rotunda at Pacific Center and The Four Seasons Hotel, displaying multiple sculptures based on this year’s theme “AROUND THE WORLD”. Founded by MET Fine Printers and Presented by FortisBC, all of the canned food used in the sculptures is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society after display. Come see how Vancouver plays with 90,000 cans of food!

Canstruction is a registered nonprofit organization created by the Society of Design Administration. In cities around the world after the structures are built and the winners declared, the creations go on view to the general public as an art exhibition. At the close of the event, all of the food used to build the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.


About the beneficiary – The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing food and related assistance to those in need. The GVFBS collects and distributes food for 27,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS does not receive government funding and relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations willing to donate funds, food and time. For more information, please visit 

Photos of previous year’s sculptures available, or visit us on facebook or on our website at . Follow us at @canstructionYVR   #canstructionYVR


Total can count (11 years)                                                                            1,248,455

Number of sculptures built since 2003                                                      221

Cans raised in 2013                                                                                       97,131

Estimated retail value of all food raised                                                    $3,121,113

2013 attendees                                                                                              76,400  

# teams in 2013                                                                                             22

# school or youth teams in 2013                                                                4

Visitors rating exhibition as good or very good                                       98%

Visitors saying they would come back                                                      100%

Visitors busing walking or biking to event                                               91%

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Media Contact:

Scott Gray, Chair CANstruction Vancouver 2014 // 604-418-7705 //


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