Artists Wanted for Long Beach’s Inaugural Canstruction Competition

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Calling all Long Beach area architectural, engineering, contractor and design firms! Sponsor Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau is working with terri henry marketing LLC in the organization and implementation of the first Canstruction Long Beach 2014 with collections benefiting Food Finders food rescue/food bank in Signal Hill.

2014 competitors include Sennikoff Architects and Moffatt& Nichol Engineers. Deadline to enter is June 30, 2014.

Canstruction is a competition that seeks top designs and structures using canned goods and other non-perishable food items as building blocks. Teams are required to design and create 10’x 10’ x 10’H structures that are judged, exhibited to the public, then dismantled and donated to approved agencies. Teams with a minimum of five members must be led by a professional in the design/construction industry such as an architect, engineer, contractor or professor of any of these disciplines. The team entry fee is $395. Teams are responsible for acquiring all canned food used in their structure.

The competition will take place at Mercedes Benz of Long Beach in the dealership’s main showroom. The build day will take place on Thursday, August 21, 2014 beginning at 8am and teams will have 12 hours to complete their structures. Judging and awards will take place on Friday, August 22, 2014. The structures will be viewable to the public during regular dealership hours through Monday, September 1st. Food Finders volunteers will dismantle the structures and transport all canned food to Food Finders warehouse in Signal Hill on Tuesday, September 2nd to prepare for distribution.

Patti Larson, executive director of Food Finders expressed excitement about the Canstruction event; “This will be an event that groups of individuals will have lots of fun with and local firms can use as a great team building experience. In addition to having fun, they will be helping those that face food insecurity on a daily basis in our community.” The Canstruction competition event will conclude Food Finders annual “Summer to End Hunger” food drive current taking place through August 31, 2014.

For more information and official entry form, go to, or contact Greg Sabin at (562) 243-5553 or


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