JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The results are in from the 10th Annual Canstruction® competition at the Jacksonville Landing, and the winner among local voters was "Gnome More Hunger" – a structure made in the form of giant garden gnome by The Haskell Company.
The structure was created using 936 cans of beans, pasta, tuna and assorted boxed foods. More than 200 ballots were cast by the general public in this year's competition - the majority of those coming at the First Wednesday Art Walk held May 4. The structure also won Best Use of Labels and Best Meal honors.
While the general public preferred the design creativity of the Haskell team, Canstruction® judges selected "Extinguishing Hunger," designed by Bergmann & Associates, as the winner of the Juror's Favorite awards. "Chomp Out Hunger" won the Structural Integrity Award.
The three structures were constructed on April 29 and remained on display through May 13. The food products used in their creation – totaling 2,892 pounds – were donated to Second Harvest North Florida. In the 10 years of the event in Jacksonville, Canstruction® has totaled more than 100,000 pounds of donated food to Second Harvest.
Canstruction® brings together professionals from the design, construction and engineering communities who put their talents to use to help make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate. The event is a foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). Similar competitions are being held in cities throughout North America. In addition to The Jacksonville Landing, other sponsors of this year's event include the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and ARC Printing of Jacksonville.
PHOTOS: (Top) Gnome More Hunger, (Middle) Chomp Out Hunger, (Bottom) Extinguishing Hunger
CANSTRUCTION® 2011 AWARDS
Best Meal: “Gnome More Hunger” (Haskell)
Best Use of Labels: “Gnome More Hunger” (Haskell)
Structural Ingenuity: “Chomp Out Hunger” (HDR Engineering)
Juror's Favorite: “Extinguishing Hunger” (Bergmann & Associates)
People's Choice: “Gnome More Hunger” (Haskell)
Karen Rieley, interim executive director of Second Harvest North Florida
Holly King, president of Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Blakeley Ainsworth, public relations and marketing coordinator at The Jacksonville Landing
About Second Harvest North Florida
Second Harvest North Florida is the oldest and largest program of Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida. LSS was founded in 1979 by area Lutherans and business leaders to fill gaps in services offered in the community for people in need. Second Harvest gathers food from local and national sources, shares these resources with more than 500 nonprofit organizations in 18 north Florida counties and helps thousands of people each year who are hungry or at risk of not having being able to provide food for themselves and their families. In addition to collecting and distributing food, Second Harvest serves children in after-school programs through its Kids Cafe and BackPack programs and in summer camps through its Summer Lunch program. It also takes Mobile Pantries filled with Family Boxes of food to people living in neighborhoods with the greatest needs. Call 904.730.8234 for more information about any of these programs and services.