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Cans of food assembled into art in DTLA, then donated to a charity

By Hayley Fox
Published: Friday, January 11, 2013, at 11:51AM
Julie Taylor

This structure dubbed “LAX EnCANter Restaurant” was created by RBB Architects as part of the Canstruction event.

This month's Art Walk had a brand new edible component -- a Canstruction competition set up in the Farmers and Merchants Bank Building, consisting of artistic teams who build creative structures out of canned foods.

These buildings were put on display during Art Walk, judged on a variety of factors and eligible to win prizes including "Best Meal" and "Best Use of Labels." The designs will be on display through 7 p.m. Friday, after which they will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and distributed throughout the county.

“The Food Bank is grateful for the design community’s support,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the L.A. Food Bank, in a statement.

These Canstruction events are typically held at malls and this was the first time the competition came Downtown. According to the organization, they have raised more 197,525 cans of food over the last five years.

This year's competition included six teams of artists, architects, engineers and designers. There is no maximum for the number of team members, but only five people may be working on the structure at any one time.

The jury for this year's event include the editor of Curbed Los Angeles and the executive chef at Downtown's own Pete's Café. Canstruction LA is organized by the Society for Design Administration, and is presented by Gilmore Associates and Downtown Art Walk.

The Farmers and Merchants Bank Building is located at 401 South Main Street

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