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Canstruction Returns

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by MTFA Architecture.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by MTFA Architecture. Photo by Louise Krafft.

On display through April 28 are eight canstructions, made of canned and/or packaged foods, built by local architectural teams. This years teams include: Geier Brown Renfrow Architects/Rand Construction Corporation, Jacobs, Lessard Design, Little, MTFA Architecture, W.C. Ralston Architects, Rust/Orling Architecture/Land Design and Samaha Associates. At the conclusion of the exhibit all of the food will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. But before these whimsical works become meals, they will be evaluated by an expert panel and awarded in the categories of Jurors’ Favorite, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, and Best Meal. Winning entries will go on to compete in the International Canstruction competition.

2012 sponsors include: Potomac Valley Brick & Supply Company, Can Manufacturers Institute, RPG Digital Print Solutions, Woodburn & Associates Inc., HITT Contracting Inc., Haynes Whaley Associates Inc., Wegmans, Safeway and Chick-fil-A. The exhibit is in the Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington.