Wiley|Wilson’s Lynchburg Canstruction team was named Juror’s Favorite in the 2015 competition and earned the Tonnage Award for donating more than 7,700 pounds of food to the local area food bank. The team also won awards for Structural Ingenuity and Best Use of Labels.
The theme of the Canstruction 2015 competition was “Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Hunger Relief in Motion,” and the team’s entry was the “Little Food Train That Could!” The completed structure depicts a train emerging from a mountain tunnel, unsure whether it will emerge into glorious sunshine reflecting off snow-tipped mountains or into a wild mountain storm blasting rock and pouring rain.
“We are honored to support the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in their efforts to fight hunger in Central Virginia,” said Aaron Tice, PE, Senior Engineer, Civil/Water Resources Department and organizing member of this year’s Canstruction team. “Just like our little food train that could, the Food Bank’s dedicated staff and volunteers never stop moving toward those who need help.”
Now in its third year, Canstruction Lynchburg donates the food items used in the structures to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. This year’s event collected more than 25,800 pounds of food, which equates to more than 21,000 meals for those in our region.
Canstruction is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, they go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Visit the Canstruction website to learn more about the organization.