Thursday, November 18, 2010

Canned food structures fight hunger

Updated: Saturday, 13 Nov 2010, 10:58 PM CST
Published : Saturday, 13 Nov 2010, 10:58 PM CST

Austin (KXAN) - Creativity and charity merged Saturday afternoon at Barton Creek Square Mall.

Teams created structures out of canned food. It's a contest to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank.

The results turned a few heads. Among the works, a Texas star made out of tuna cans, cans of beans in the shape of an armadillo, and a steam engine, with bubbles blowing out of the stack.

The teams had professional help to make the shapes.

"When you look at some of the structures, you wonder how on earth are they actually going to be supported the way they are, " said Katarina Villasenor, a representative of the Society for Design Administration, one of the organizations holding the contest.

"It's a structural engineer helps to design those things," Villasenor explained.

Organizers say there are about 23-thousand pounds of food in the sculptures.

The sculptures will be on display through next weekend. Then, they'll take them apart and deliver the cans to the Capital Area Food Bank.

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