With its marble floors, lush greenery, high-profile designer retailers and a sun-speckled Center Court, The Gardens Mall is about as close to the atmosphere at the Cannes International Film Festival as it gets. Displaying art of a different kind, Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry in which architects, designers, and builders in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Unique as it sounds, The Gardens Mall is very excited to feature six large-scale sculptures made from non-perishable food illustrating the theme ‘CANnes International Film Festival.’ The replicated display will take place from June 8 – June 21, 2015 for all shoppers and mall guests to view during regular mall hours. A highlight of the event will be the Cocktail and Awards party on June 18 in the Grand Court right there at the mall. All funds from the party as well as all of the food used to create the sculptures will be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Canstruction will culminate at Strike Out Hunger night on June 27, 2015, at Roger Dean Stadium and sponsored by Bank of America. Anyone making a generous donation of non-perishable food from June 8 through June 26, 2015, at any of Bank of America’s Jupiter locations at Abacoa Banking Center and Chasewood Plaza or even at Roger Dean Stadium, will receive a voucher to “Strike Out Hunger Game Night.” The total amount of food raised through Canstruction 2015 will be announced at the game.
Local team Suffolk Construction 2014 Canstruction sculpture, the S.S. Can Cruise, has been declared the winner of the Canstruction International Competition “Best Meal” award for the 2014-2015 competition year. More than 1,200 structures participated in Canstruction Professional Competitions worldwide last year. In Palm Beach County, this 2014 sculpture won the Juror’s Favorite Award and was the center of attention throughout the event. The giant cruise ship sculpture included significant detail, including a top deck pool and a whale diving under the waves. Onlookers were transported into a world on the deep blue sea simply by staring at the sculpture.
Canstruction 2015 Honorary Chairmen are Laura and Byron Russell and Laura Coburn Russell. Co-Chairmen are Lindsay Autry and David Sabin, along with Briana and Clark Beaty. The host committee includes the Rev. Pam Cahoon, Marie Bedner, James and Valerie Greco, Michael and Debbie Pucillo, and Gary Woodfield. Canstruction 2015 is hosted by The Gardens Mall and Michele Jacobs. The Presenting Sponsor is Bank of America and Stephanie Glavin is serving as Corporate Chairwoman. Canstruction 2015 sponsors in addition to Bank of America include The Gardens Mall, Steve and Louise Macht, and Cheney Brothers, Inc.
The Canstruction Cocktail and Awards Party on June 18 will honor the event chairmen, host committee members, sponsors and teams. Mo and Sally from KOOL 105.5 will emcee the evening, which will include a Chinese raffle. Tickets are $150 for the host committee, $75 for a regular ticket, and can be purchased online at www.pbcfoodbank.org.
There is a wide variety of awards available for the taking as teams compete for the People’s Choice Award and Best Meal Award, to name a couple, and include the competitors of Hedrick Brothers; Kast Construction and Currie Sowards Aguila Architects; Leo A. Daly and The Weitz Company; Palm Beach State College architectural students; Roger Dean Stadium and VSP Marketing Group; and Suffolk Construction.
Canstruction judges to date include Mary Carhart of The Breakers Palm Beach; Melanie and Mike Hackman of Aioli Restaurant; Billy Himmerlrich of Old School Bakery; Jeff Koons; Sheila G. Mains of Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle; Joseph Tralongo of Leeds Custom Design; Beth Walton of the Town of Palm Beach United Way and Chef Anthony Zottoli of The Lord’s Place.
Last year the event was a monumental success. Canstruction resulted in the donation of nearly 33,000 pounds of food to the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “Canstruction is a unique community event that provides a creative way to bring to the attention of the public the issue of hunger in our community,” said Perry Borman, executive director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank. “We are grateful to have The Gardens Mall as our host again this year and appreciate the support of our committee members, teams and sponsors. This large donation of food comes at a time of year when we are especially in need of food since children are out of school and many do not have access to school provided meals.”
“The Gardens is excited to again host Canstruction as we help call attention to hunger, a critically important issue we are committed to addressing in our community,” said Michele Jacobs, corporate director of marketing for The Gardens Mall.
So don’t forget to take time out of your shopping day to check out this annual Canstruction display, this year paying tribute to CANnes International Film Festival.