Edible exhibit raises money for good cause

LOS ANGELES "We worked three Saturdays in a row and about five hours each day to do test builds," said James Tobey, a Canstruction participant.

That strategy paid off for the Gensler/Arup Team who won the Juror's favorite in this year's Canstruction L.A. competition, building a camera complete with view and display screens.

"Over 4,000 cans are in this," said Tobey. "It is supposed to be a digital camera. It is more of a traditional style with the lense out front."

Seven teams of architects, engineers, designers and a whole lot of canned goods cook up a recipe for success when it comes to feeding the hungry. Each of the canned art displays features 3,000 to 4,000 cans of food.

"We did a lot of fund raising for this. We contacted our industry partners, friends and family to raise money," said Nick Bryan of HMC Architects. "This kind of allowed us to use our skills as architects while also give back to the community."

The program created by the Society of Design Administration has been held in over 100 cities in the U.S. for five years, proving profitable for the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank which distributes food to over 500 charitable agencies.

"Unfortunately hunger is a 365 day a year problem and we're really looking for people to help all year around," said Darren Hoffman of Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. "But this really raises awareness of hunger in our community."

Hoffman says October is a nice time to launch a community wake up call to help feed those in need.

"Unemployment is still at 12.5 percent," said Hoffman. "We're seeing more and more people coming in."

The project is open until November 6 at the Ratkovich Building across from LACMA on Wilshire Blvd. The admission is free, but of course cash and cans are always welcome.

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