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Cans of Food Made Into Art? Impossible!

Great. As if we didn’t have enough trouble with chopsticks.Photo: Kevin Wick
Sure, canned-food drives help feed the hungry, but there’s something about them that just isn’t very … sexy. So in a Warholian effort to add some glamour to this year’s collection, City Harvest came up with Canstruction, an installation of can sculptures created by architects and designers like Guy Nordensen and the people at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. The works are ingenious, as interesting to look at (in our food-writer view) as any other large postmodern sculpture installation, and with the added bonus that going to see them helps to feed the hungry: The price of admission is one or more you-know-whats of food. The public is also given the opportunity to cast its vote for the People’s Choice award. Preview a few of the candidates after the jump.

Canstruction, New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., at 32nd St. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–5 p.m., through Nov. 22.

Lotus leaf; pot leaf not pictured.

“Dear Mom, I’m so tired of black beans … “

“Pretty sneaky, sis.”

All photos: Kevin Wick

Cans of Food Made Into Art? Impossible!