CANstruction Designs Benefit the San Antonio Food Bank at North Star Mall

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Mallwalking is one of our favorite free-or-cheap things to do on a rainy day. We recently visited North Star Mall for a mallwalking session and to see the latest edition of CANstruction, a project of the San Antonio chapters of the American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration, that benefits the San Antonio Food Bank. Through September 22, the mall is home to ten constructions made of canned food by local architects, designers, and students. My kids enjoy the creativity of the designs, and the project also raises awareness of the challenges of hunger in our community.

Our favorite was the matador by Alamo Architects and Turner Construction. The folds of the cape are amazing—how did they make these curves out of cans?

CANstruction 2018 by Alamo Architects for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

We loved the pop-culture timeliness and creativity of “Forknife” (get it—Fortnite?) by RVK and Lundy & Franke Engineering.

CANstruction 2018 by RVK for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

The luchador mask design from Luna Middleman was beautifully constructed.

CANstruction 2018 by Luna Middleman for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

The piñata with candy design from UTSA AIAS was a hit.

CANstruction 2018 by UTSA AIAS for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

The design from San Antonio College‘s chapter of AIAS featured downtown landmarks including the Tower of the Americas and a river barge.

CANstruction 2018 by San Antonio College AIAS for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

IES and Lopez Salas Architects, Inc. built the San Antonio Food Bank’s wrestler mascot out of cans.

CANstruction 2018 by IES for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

Marmon Mok honored San Antonio’s tricentennial. There is also a Spurs logo on the back. This sculpture has geometric shapes that look different depending on the angle.

CANstruction 2018 by Marmon Mok for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

Merrick & Company paid homage to the classic video game Donkey Kong.

CANstruction 2018 by Merrick for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

PBK and Kimley-Horn built a slinky dog, familiar from Toy Story.

CANstruction 2018 by PBK for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

Joeris and LPA presented Mike and Sully from Monsters, Inc. Sully even has a few socks on his back.

CANstruction 2018 by Joeris for San Antonio Food Bank at Northstar Mall | San Antonio Charter Moms

There is still time to take your family mallwalking at North Star Mall and appreciate these designers’ creativity for a good cause. The exhibit closes after September 22, and then the 40,000 or so cans will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank to help families in need.

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Parent-activist and education blogger in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Helping parents make informed school choices and explore cultural activities.

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