It starts with one can.

To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world.

Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending hunger,

is using ‘one can’ as a catalyst for change.

2014  Event awardS

Columbus Sunrise Rotary
 Shaking Up Split and Shout Out Hunger
Jurors' Favorite AND People's Choice Awards
The Can Crafters
 Even Monsters Need Food

IUPU Columbus
Sketching Out a Future Without Hunger
Best Meal
Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg
Our Mission: To Steal Hunger  
(or the moon)
Best Use of Labels
Live United
Help Us Reach an Olympic  Size Victory Over Hunger
Honorable Mention
 Starving Artists
BucCANeer's Dream
Structural Ingenuity

 HawCreek Hauling & CANstruction I
Miracles CAN Happen

  HawCreek Hauling & CANstruction II


Thank you to the eight teams who
built structures for this year's event.

8 teams  ~  23,000 cans used in structures  ~  $850 donated

Thank you to:
Bartholomew County REMC for sponsoring the event
Fair Oaks Mall for providing a place & all the man hours
United Way of Bartholomew County for partnering with the event
Paragon Meeting & Events for logistical support throughout the year
Joyce Lucke & Sheena Seger for serving as co-chairs
Kim Showalter for serving on the committee
our 8 CAN-tastic teams for your dedication & hard work
Everyone who voted online or with cans

Canstruction® is a US-based non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to end hunger through a design/build competition held in cities around the world.

Canstruction® is the foundation of the Society for Design Administration, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. Teams of community members—from churches, community organizations, business, schools and even families—mentored by local architects, engineers or construction companies compete to build incredible, edible structures.

The results are stunning sculpture exhibits with a strong message to aid in the fight against hunger. Open to the public, the story of the structure unfolds educating visitors about those less fortunate and how everyone can help make a difference. All the food is donated to local hunger relief organizations for distribution to hungry men, women, and children in the local community. All food stuffs and funds remain in the competition’s city.


2014 Event

The 2014 Columbus Canstruction® committee, Fair Oaks Mall and United Way of Bartholomew County invite your organization to support the 6th Annual Columbus Canstruction®. This annual event will take place at Fair Oaks Mall from February 15 to 23, 2014. Proceeds will benefit participating Bartholomew County food banks.

Columbus’ sculpture exhibition will be open to the public in Fair Oaks Mall.

In comparison to much larger cities across the country where similar competitions are held, teams in Columbus are primarily composed of members of community organizations who have at least one engineer or architect. Columbus organizations actively support local food banks and we believe the strong engineering base and affection for architecture that Columbus has makes us the perfect location for a Canstruction® event. Winners of our local competition are submitted to compete on the national level and potentially the international level. Teams are responsible for acquiring the cans and funds needed to build their designs. All food stuffs used in the sculptures and collected in public voting will be passed to our local food banks, along with any monetary donations received.

In addition to the cans used in the construction of the sculptures, the public is encouraged to donate cans at the CAN booth at the mall or through online voting ($1 = one vote) for their favorite sculpture. A People’s Choice Award will be given to the sculpture that receives the most public support.

The excitement is in the building! Think you have what it takes to design and build a structure made of nothing more than canned food, ingenuity, and luck?


Get Involved

There are three ways that you can contribute to this worthwhile event:

  • as a sponsor of the event;

  • enter a team in the local competition for a shot of going on to the national competition;

  • sponsor an existing team so they can build bigger sculptures (more cans!!!).

Get creative, help stop hunger.


Canstruction® Team Entry

Participating in Canstruction® requires a large time and monetary commitment. Please be sure that your team members are committed to completing the competition. Registration fees will not be refunded.

Team entry is $30. Payable by check.

Deadline to enter is December 10, 2013.

Download the 2014 build guidelines for the competition here

Download the call for team entries here    (entries now closed)

Click here to complete the team entry form -- entry period for 2015 event coming soon

Want to see what a build looks like? Click here.


Deadlines & Important 2014 Event Dates

December 10 team entry deadline

December 18 mandatory organizational meeting for all team captains

January 14 sculpture design due from teams

February 4 signage information due from teams

February 12 final can counts due from teams

February 10-14 teams may deliver cans to Fair Oaks Mall

February 15 sculpture build, 10am to 7pm, Fair Oaks Mall

February 16-23 sculptures on display, all day, Fair Oaks Mall and People’s Choice Award voting

February 23 Awards Ceremony, 5:30pm, Fair Oaks Mall and De-canstruction, 6pm to 10pm, Fair Oaks Mall


Thank You to our Sponsors

Fair Oaks Mall logo

United Way of Bartholomew County logo
Bartholomew County REMC logo


We have several levels of sponsor opportunities. One to fit all budgets. If you would like to become a Canstruction® supporter, please contact Joyce at (812) 376-7468 or click here for a 2014 sponsor packet.

For additional questions or information, please contact one of the 2014 Canstruction® Co-Chairs:

Joyce Lucke,, 812-390-6012

Sheena Seger,, 812-342-8660

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People’s Choice Award

2014 Voting will open Sunday, February 16, 2013 at Noon. To vote, a $1 donation will be asked. Vote for as many structures and as often as you like. Voting will close Sunday, February 23 at Noon. The People’s Choice Award will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on February 24 at 5:30pm. All voting proceeds will go to the participating food banks. Click here to vote (now closed).

Supporting Local Food Banks

The food collected through the Canstruction® competition will be distributed between participating Bartholomew County food banks including:  

 Love Chapel      Salvation Army      Hope Community Center