CANstruction Lines North Star Mall With Sculptures--Made of Canned Food!

One of the most creative traditions in the city, North Star Mall's annual CANstruction, is underway now, with creative sculptures of buildings, monuments, and people, all made entirely of cans of food, lining the mall corridors, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"There are these beautiful sculptures that are made out of the canned goods and are then donated to the San Antonio Food Bank," Mall Senior General Manager Brenda Crawford said.

The sculptures are painstakingly designed and built by local architecture, engineering, and contracting firms, as well as by student groups.

Crawford says the result will be 30,000 cans of food, all donated to a worthy cause.

"All the goods are donated to the San Antonio Food Bank," she said.  "I believe it is one of the largest, if not the largest, fundraisers for the Food Bank."

Ten teams representing the San Antonio chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration are participating in the event.  Last year one of the local entries, submitted by RVK Architects, placed in the International CANstruction competition.

The sculptures are in the various corridors and walkways at North Star Mall, and will be on display through next week.

Crawford says the event demonstrates the role of a mall as not just a shopping center, but as a city center."We love to participate in these great community events," she said.

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