Construction with cans

State Museum art event also a fundraiser for local food pantry

Angry Birds were created out of cans at last year's Canstruction event.

Angry Birds were created out of cans at last year's Canstruction event. Submitted Photo

— “We selected our animal because we wanted to find something we thought would be kid friendly because we thought that’d be a big draw,” said Jill Shorter, a teammate.

Shorter is creating an informational board focusing on childhood hunger and the team kept that issue in mind when choosing which cans to use.

“We made our protein friendly with cans of soup and a lot of tuna and things that would keep them full a lot longer,” said Shorter.

The team held an in-office fundraiser to purchase cans for a test sculpture. The actual build will happen in one week.

Pogge said EYP decided to hold Canstruction in April because that’s when there’s typically a gap in food pantry donations.

“So many people are giving to them during the holidays that they go through a really large dry spell in the spring,” said Pogge.

Shorter said her firm was excited at the chance to be involved.

“To give back to the local community was first and foremost (the reason for joining). Second was to mingle and work together with a lot of other architects and engineers in the Capital Region,” said Shorter. “We saw it as the right fit for us and just the idea of showcasing what architects and engineers do and the creativity behind it.”

Last year’s Canstruction was so popular that the museum doubled its attendance for the month of April, said Donahue. She’s hoping this year’s extended two-week run will yield similar results.

The show will be open starting Thursday, April 5, and run through April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the fourth floor of the museum. Admission is free but canned donations for voting are suggested. For more information, visit www.zoocandoit2012.com.

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