Edible Sculptures Provide Lessons As Well As Food (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

April 17, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 2:33 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Inside Glenbrook Square an annual art and engineering project is generating experience for teenagers as well as meals for the hungry.

CANstruction is now in its seventh year as an exhibit at the mall. But it's so much more than that.

The 11 sculptures crafted by local high schoolers showcase their creativity as well as their ability to get others to donate non-perishable foods to go toward the project.

After working with mentors like engineers and architects, the students spend a day building their intricately-designed canned creations.

The final projects are judged on artistry, stability and how well the items used form a complete meal, with the cans being donated to Community Harvest Food Bank after being on exhibit for a week.

"Food will all come to the food bank, it'll all be sorted, and it'll start going out on Monday morning. So it's imperative that we have it. And if we didn't have CANstruction and it didn't continue to grow like it has, then we would be probably short-handed on the food side annually. So this is a very important event for us," says Claudia Johnson of Community Harvest.

CANstruction is the food bank's largest food drive of the year. Last year, it provided more than 85,000 items of food that were distributed to hungry people in our area.

You can vote for your favorite sculpture until sunday by putting a can of food in a bin next to it.

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