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RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Pearlridge Center's Uptown centercourt section was a buzz of activity as architectural and design teams competed in Saturday's Canstruction competition to benefit the Hawaii Foodbank. The lightbulb in the foreground -- "CANpact Florescent vs. InCANdescent -- Choose a Green Future, Not a Blackout Past," by KYA Design Group -- won an honorable mention award.
View the Canstruction exhibit at Pearlridge and aid the Foodbank
Here's a tip for viewing Pearlridge Center's Canstruction exhibit -- stand back. If you stand too close to some of these sculptures, you might find yourself wondering what you're looking at. Back away, go up the nearby escalator, even, and you'll fully appreciate all the effort.
The Canstruction competition took place last weekend, with teams from various architectural and design groups building on the theme, "Celebrating Our Past, Designing Our Future." Their creations will remain on display through Oct. 21 in the mall's Uptown section, and viewers can vote for a People's Choice favorite.
You vote by canned goods -- pop one into the shopping cart next to the piece you like best. In the end, all the cans, including those used in the sculptures, will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.
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"Corn 'undrum," built by In+Form Design, created from 3,672 cans of chicken broth, corn and tuna, won the Judge's Favorite Award.
The Judge's Favorite Award went to "Corn'undrum," an ear of corn created out of 3,672 cans of chicken broth, corn and tuna. It was built by In+Form Design, which also won last year's competition with a canned creation of the "maneki neko," or lucky cat.
Other winners: "i-tiki" (a tiki listening to an iPod), Ferraro Choi & Associates, for Structural Integrity; "An inCANvenient Truth" (a globe held up by a crane), Peter Vincent Architects, for Best Use of Labels; and "Brush Up on Nutrition," Durrant Media Five, for Best Meal. That last one was a combination award for the quality of the sculpture plus the value of the meal that could be made with the cans. Durrant used 1,060 cans of turkey Spam, chili with beans, pineapple chunks and green beans.
Honorable mentions went to "Take a Bite Out of Hunger ... Like CANerpillar Did!" by Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, and "CANpact Florescent vs. InCANdescent -- Choose a Green Future, Not a Blackout Past," by KYA Design Group.
Photos of all the winning structures will be sent to the national Canstruction competition.