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“CANstruction” food drive and art competition underway at Lexington Center

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Posted at 3:30 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 18:30:35-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Local designers and engineers teamed up to create impressive art and help Kentucky families in need.

The third annual CANstruction food drive and art competition took place at Lexington Center on Tuesday.

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Kylen Mills

Five teams competed to create the best “heroes and villains” themed sculpture out of cans in one day, although design work began months ago.

A group from Ross Tarrant Architects/CMTA decided to create a fire truck to pay homage to local heroes.

“We started with an actual model of a fire truck and got our color pallet ready and through a program, we divided into sections that we could apply color codes to,” said Project Designer Alex Short.

Each “canstruction” is made up of several thousand cans of food that are donated to God's Pantry Food Bank after the event.

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“A lot of people are just one paycheck away, one medical bill away, anything like that, from needing to visit a food bank just one time to tide them over until their next paycheck comes,” said Misty Beard with God’s Pantry Food Bank.

God's Pantry serves more than 2000 Kentuckians per month. Last year the food from CANstruction helped make 16,000 meals for families in need, while also raising awareness.

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“When people see it, they're enticed to come explore it and that gives them kind of just another level of exposure,” said Short. “It's just nice to see all these local firms coming out to give back.”

Because at the end of the day, giving back is the building block for a happier, healthier community.

The CANstruction exhibits will be on display at Lexington Center through December 8.

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