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Food Art for the Needy


Aired 4/19/09

Andy Warhol proved that Campbell Soup cans can be art. San Diego architects and students are going a step further: they're building giant-sized lunch boxes, pancakes and other creations using tens of thousands of canned foods. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce tells us the cans are for needy families.

The competition is called Canstruction. The goal is simple: to collect food for needy families and have fun along the way. Thousands of cans of beans, potatoes, soup and more are converted into art, from boats to movie characters. Charlene Alsbaugh is with San Diego's New School of Architecture and Design, which sponsors the project.

Alsbaugh : We have -- total in this building right now -- about 35,000 cans, and our goal is to raise about 50,000 cans.  So in addition to the structures that will come up, we ask the public to come in and then donate additional canned goods. And then, one of our sponsors, USA Federal Credit Union, actually has barrels in their sites.

Ed Joyce : And where do these cans go from here?

Alsbaugh : Once they leave here, they'll be on display for a week -- and once they leave here, they go to Home Front San Diego, which supports military families.  And then the other half goes to Step-Free San Diego, which supports families through drug rehabilitation programs.

She says the finished projects can be viewed through next Saturday at the New School's F-street location in downtown San Diego. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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