The event kicked off Wednesday and runs through Sunday at Meadowood Mall. A total of 11 professional and student teams are creating large art structures out of canned and packaged food in a competition organized by the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) and sponsored by Meadowood Mall, Pacific Radomes, AIANN, Pat Pusich, Peter Duffy, Fred and Janice Graham, Save Mart Supermarkets, KTVN Channel 2, Freeman Decorating, Bob Cook, Nevada Blue and Digiprint. All of the food at the end of the competition is donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
On Wednesday, a team comprised of students taught by Diana Garrity from Whitehead Elementary School in Sparks was busy construction a courtroom with jail out of cans of food. The structure was designed and engineered by the class’ 24 students with some help from Dolores Henderson, the parent of one of Garrity’s former students, who did CAD drawings of the plans. The students spent several months raising $5,000 to acquire the 3,293 cans of food needed to build their courtroom. The students did all the math and on Wednesday were handling all the unforeseen complications, such as flip tops on cans and uneven floors at the mall.
“They’re problem solving on the fly,” Garrity said. “It’s awesome.”
But when asked why they are doing this project, Garrity said, the students always say it is to benefit the food bank.
The CANstruction structures will be displayed at various locations throughout Meadowood Mall at 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle in Reno. The “People’s Choice” voting will take place at the Information Booth.
A press preview and judging will be held today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. with an awards ceremony following from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The displays will be open to the public Friday through Sunday for “People’s Choice” voting. Visitors can vote for their favorites for $1 per vote.
Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about the event or the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, visit www.fbnn.org.