To raise awareness, art made from canned food to be displayed at Ponce City Market

The annual public art competition Canstruction Atlanta benefits Atlanta Community Food Bank, raises awareness of hunger

Things to do in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. (AJC file photos)

For more than two decades, the nonprofit Canstruction has used public art as a means to raise awareness of hunger in cities across the country, including Atlanta.

The giant canned food structures made in annual public art competition, which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank, will be displayed this year at Ponce City Market.

The exhibit of the canned food structures will be free to view and open to the public on the second level of the market from Aug. 18-30. The structures will be made by teams of artists, engineers, designers and construction professionals, according to a press release.

Beginning on Aug. 17, the design teams will have 10 hours to assemble their can structures at Ponce City Market.

In addition to canned food, the teams will be able to use wood, tape, rubber bands, wire and Velcro to create their structures.

“Each canned food art display will showcase a design concept as a standalone part of the exhibition’s entire series and draw inspiration from futuristic cars and airplanes; popular cartoon characters; items related to Atlanta’s burgeoning film industry; iconic area landmarks; and more,” according to the press release.

After the exhibit closes, the displays will be deconstructed and the canned goods will be donated to the food bank for distribution.

“The annual Canstruction Atlanta program and canned food exhibition help enrich the Atlanta-area community and bring together people from different design-oriented industries,” Co-Chair James Byers said in a statement. “Most of all, the program provides a sense of unity which lends to the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s goal of conquering area hunger.”


Aug. 18-30
Canstruction Structure Exhibit
Ponce City Market