Knoxville's "Holiday Canstruction" scores far-reaching impact

Even the feeling of marvel gave way to holiday spirit in the wake of Knoxville’s first-annual “Holiday Canstruction,” presented by Messer. As the unique competition’s awe-inspiring structures were broken down, their remnants – canned food – were donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee to help fight hunger over the holidays.

More than 10,000 cans, which were used to construct the massive holiday-themed sculptures, were dispersed across 18 East Tennessee counties by Second Harvest, which targets the working poor – those who are employed but might not receive benefits or earn sufficient wages. According to Second Harvest, one in six East Tennesseans lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs.

The competition, which was held Nov. 23 to Dec. 3 at the Knoxville Convention Center, featured teams of Knoxville-area engineers, architects, construction companies and student groups working to assemble the structures, which included everything from Santa Claus to a snowman. The event concluded with an awards reception, sponsored by Shoffner Kalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, which featured nine judges representing media, arts organizations, nutritionists, tourism organizations and local food production companies.

Qualifying structures from the Knoxville "Holiday Canstruction" event will be entered into the national "Canstruction” competition.

Here are the award winners:

  • Jurors’ Favorite: "Down the CAN-ney St. Nicholas came with a bound,” Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
  • Structural Ingenuity: "Down the CAN-ney St. Nicholas came with a bound,” Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
  • Best Use of Labels: "Down the CAN-ney St. Nicholas came with a bound,” Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
  • Best Meal: "CANcracker," The University of Tennessee College of Engineering.
  • Honorable Mention: "CANcracker," The University of Tennessee College of Engineering.
  • People’s Choice: "CANcracker," The University of Tennessee College of Engineering.

 

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