Marbles Kids Museum & Architects’ Can-Do Spirit Feeds the Hungry

Five teams of local architects, designers and engineers took over Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday to create structures built for feeding, not housing. Instead of bricks, the teams used cans of food for Canstruction 2010, a national competition established by the Society for Design Administration.

Making its 11th appearance in Raleigh at Marbles Kids Museum, Canstruction 2010, benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, opens today and runs through February 14. This year’s local theme is “Cartoon Heroes”, encouraging teams to display the can-do spirit of familiar do-gooders of the cartoon world.

A jury of design and culinary experts judged the structures on Tuesday evening, Jan. 19, naming the Jurors’ Favorite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. Awards will be given at the “Can Opener” celebration on Saturday, Jan. 23.

All food used in building the amazing structures will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. During opening weekend, Jan. 23-24, visitors receive one free admission to the museum for every five (5) canned goods donated. Donations of canned food will be gratefully accepted throughout the run of the exhibit.

Over the past 10 years, this local competition has generated more than 250,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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