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State museum does the can-can

Annual Canstruction event moves up the national rankings

Crews assemble a scene from “Toy Story”  for the Canstruction exhibit at the New York State Museum, which will be on display through April 24.

Crews assemble a scene from “Toy Story” for the Canstruction exhibit at the New York State Museum, which will be on display through April 24. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— Engineers, architects and students from around the Capital District got together in a competition to construct displays out of canned goods to raise food and money for local food pantries.

IF YOU GO

• What: Capital Region Canstruction

• When: Through Thursday, April 24

• Where: New York State Museum

• How much: free

• Info:474-1201, www.nysm.nysed.go...

On Wednesday, April 9, nine different teams made up of local architecture, engineering and construction firms, as well as design students from RPI and Price Chopper employees, used more than 43,000 cans in the fourth annual Canstruction event at the New York State Museum. The display will remain up until April 24.

CSArch, Creighton Manning, EYP, MJ Engineering, Mosaic, Price Chopper, RPI, SMRT and Spring Line Design volunteers built at “Storytown”-themed displays on the museum’s fourth floor. Sculpture designs include characters from “James and the Giant Peach,” “Toy Story,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Little Engine That Could,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Humpty Dumpty.” All cans used in the displays were purchased from Price Chopper, the major event sponsor, and will be donated to The Food Pantries for the Capital District at the end of Canstruction.

The firms that are up against one another often compete for jobs outside of the competition, so this event gives them an opportunity to get together for some friendly competition.

“This is an event of the architecture and engineering industry, so it’s really special because the firms that are normally competing against each other come together to build. This day is their favorite because it feels so special, like that guy we might have been competing against in an interview last week and now we’re working on this philanthropy project together,” said Sara Stein President of Capital Region Canstruction and Architect at EYP Architecture and Engineering.

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