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Architects to Turn Cans of Food into Art

Media Release
September 1, 2006

Can Construct – Architects to Turn Cans of Food into Works of Art

Approximately 15,000 cans of food will be transformed into architectural works of art next week (Wednesday, September 6), in what promises to be one of the most visually entertaining events of Auckland Architecture Week.

Can Construct will see a number of top Auckland architectural practices compete to create giant installations or sculptures using thousands of cans of food.

The public will be able to watch the architects working on their weird and wacky installations, and at the close of the exhibition, which will be held at the Britomart Pavilion, the cans will be donated to the Auckland City Mission to be used for meals at their inner-city shelter and to include in their food parcels.

During the week long exhibition, it will be up to the public to decide which Can Construction is the best, with a prize going to the winning architectural practice.

Participating practices include Aimer Naismith/Cook Sargisson & Pirie, GHD Limited, Jasmax, Retail Consulting Group, Stephenson & Turner, Woodhams Meikle Zhan Architects.

Practices will begin building the structures from 10 am next Wednesday, September 6. The completed exhibits will remain on show until Tuesday, September 12.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

- Can Construct is sponsored by Victoria Park New World, who has kindly supplied the cans for the exhibition.

- Auckland Architecture Week, The Joy of Architecture, is organised by the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, and aims to get architects, designers, urban planners and the public involved in celebrating the diversity and excitement of architecture. It will also be an opportunity for architects and the general public to learn more about their city and to become involved in its history and its future.

- Auckland Architecture Week runs from September 6-12, 2006.

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