Cans on Parade at Mic Mac Mall

Mic Mac Mall and Halifax Shopping Centre teamed up earlier this month for a very good cause: feeding the hungry. In support of Feed Nova Scotia, the centers held Canstruction Nova Scotia, an event that’s part fundraiser, part art exhibition and part team-building exercise.

If you’re not familiar with the idea, the goal is to create sculptures entirely out of canned food. It’s an international program, and the winners of the Nova Scotia event will go on to compete globally. The judges are community leaders and industry professionals, and shoppers also get in on the People’s Choice Award. Other award categories include Best Meal, Structural Integrity and Best Use of Labels.

The results from this year’s even were fantastic—you can check out the gallery online. High school groups, businesses, and universities came together in teams to build fantastic pieces of pint-sized architecture, sci-fi staples like R2D2, and even a large-scale chessboard.

Aside from the artistic experience, it’s vital that Canstruction events actually bring together good food for the hungry. Teams are required to build using aluminum or plastic food cans, with complete, intact labels. Junk food is discouraged, pet food is forbidden and alcohol is straight out. There’s no fee for entry, but participating firms must bring their own cans to build with and then to donate.

Shoppers are currently voting online for the winning Canstruction, but in this competition it’s safe to say everyone wins.

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