Although this year's can competition staged by the Washington Architectural Foundation to raise money for the Capital Area Food Bank has ended at the National Building Museum, photos of the different can sculptures can leave viewers with deep appreciation for team members' smarts and know-how.
Architects from the 22 participating firms used about 75,000 cans to make "edible architecture," all contents in different sizes and colors and all donated to the food bank.
That three teams chose the Discovery space shuttle to feature for this year's theme of "Monumental" was monumental itself, but considering Discovery did journey 149,000,000 miles over its 27- year working life and made its last trip when it came to Washington in April, circled the National Mall four times, and landed at the Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum, its final destination, maybe it's not so coincidental, after all. Whew!
The 2012 canstruction awards announced by the District Architecture Center:
- Jurors' Favorite: One Small Step for a Can, One Giant Leap to End Hunger by Wiencek + Associates, Architects + Planners
- Best Use of Labels: Grand CANyon by Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.
- Structural Ingenuity: A Colorful Meal of Golden Proportions by Perkins + Will
- Best Meal: A Colorful Meal of Golden Proportions by Perkins + Will
- Honorable Mention: CAN You Hear Me Now? by Cannon Design
- Honorable Mention: Grand CANyon by Grimm & Parker Architects
- Jurors' Special Recognition: All You Need is LOVE by EYP
- People's Choice Award: To CAN-finity and Beyond! by Leo A Daly
Since 1992 when the competition was founded by the Society for Design Administrators, more than 20 million pounds of food have been collected for communities around the world, according to the District Architecture Center.
Nobody can can cans like Washington architects can can cans at the National Building Museum where they can can cans and can can-can (maybe).
What: National Building Museum
When: Open every day, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday
Where: 401 F Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Admission: $8, adults; $5, students, youth, seniors; $3 for Building Zone only, and reduced prices for the last hour of the day
For more information: 202-272-2448
Metro stations: Judiciary Square and Gallery Place-Chinatown