Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Canstruction 5th Annual Orange County Lego Inspired Event

I have always loved Lego's, not only for the fun entertainment they provide but also for their educational value.  They were a great way to introduce my kids basic geometry and I am glad to say that they have never outgrown them.  My kids and I are always on the look out to attend Lego building or Lego like events, where we have been inspired by some of the amazing structures that people create using various materials.

 "Canstruction" is one of those types of events in Orange County, California.  The 5th Annual Orange County "Canstruction Event" is being held at the South Coast Plaza Mall in Costa Mesa, California.  Canstruction (a registered 501(c)(3) non profit organization) holds annual design and building

competitions in different cities throughout the United States. The structures are designed by different teams and are built entirely of food containers (mostly cans), utilizing the same concept as in creating lego structures.  Using different types of food containers makes creating these structures a bit more challenging.    What is even more exciting is that after the structures have been judged and displayed, the cans of food that were used to create the
Top View of the Pirate Ship
displays are donated to local food banks for distribution.  So they are also helping those in need in each community that they hold these competitions.  This year they had another great group of organizations and companies participating in this event.  The picture below shows some of them.

Here is one of the can sculptures of a Gnome, that was on display.
Gnome
This structure was called the "Say Gnome to Hunger".  It was created by the individuals in the poster below.

The canned Lego Sushi Chef structure was so cool.  It was called "Lego of Hunger One Can at a Time".
Can Lego Sushi Chef

Can Lego Sushi

Here is a different view of the sushi structures from the second floor looking down on to the structure.
The planning and work that goes into these structures is immense.
Lego of Hunger
The next sculpture was of a bridge and was called "Bridging The World to Fight Hunger."

It was really cool and made up of 1,690 cans.

Here is side view of the bridge.

The team that created the "Bridging The World to Fight Hunger" really took on quite a challenge on this one and the finished sculpture was worth.
The next one was not so obvious to me (although my kids got the theme right away), it is called "Can I Take Your Order."   If you look carefully, you can see the cans that depict french fries at the bottom corner of the picture.
Here is a better shot of the hamburger.

The soda container reminded me of a "Starbucks" cup.
My kids loved this design teams' theme and sculptures.

Each one of these sculptures was unique and carried their own theme.  I just loved the dolphin sculpture  
and found the use of the different tuna cans to be quite interesting.  This one is called "Making a Splash To End Hunger."  I noticed that they did have to use clear packing tape to hold the fin in place.
Below is the team that built that built "Making a Splash to End Hunger."

If you like gold, then here is a structure for you. It is called "Tee'ing Off Foreee Hunger."
And here is a side view of the golf ball structure.

The next sculpture is of a train called "Choo Choo Hunger Away."
The team did such a cute job on it.

Unfortunately, the light kept affecting my cell phone pics, so the pics of this one are not very clear. Here is a direct front view of the sculpture.

There was a fun pirate ship sculpture on display.

A side view of the ship.

This is only a sampling of the sculptures on display.  This unique organization utilizes a very creative way to bring awareness of issues that surround hunger while at the same time provide a creative visual experience.   My cell phone pictures do not do justice to the structures, so if you want to see the structures in person as the event does not end until September 23, 2012.

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