Architects Design Sculptures at Can Food Drive

AIEA (KHNL) - The battle to fight hunger in Hawaii is now being waged at Pearlridge Center.

That's where the state's finest architects have come together to help the Hawaii Food Bank, in the second annual "Can-Struction" food drive.

Cooking is an art form.

And so are these sculptures made of canned food.

''It has to be completely out of cans. It has to be completely self-supporting. You're allowed to use, maybe a little tape, maybe a little wire," said event co chairman, Joy Davidson.  "But when we take the structures down, they need be completely usable by the Food Bank."

Members of the American Institute of Architects' Honolulu Chapter banned together, once again, for a friendly competition -- 14 teams in all.

Their work is judged on two levels.

First -- by their peers.

Regional winners move on to the national competition.

Second -- by you, our viewers.

You're asked to bring cans of food to Pearlridge, and pile them up, in front of your favorite sculpture.

''One can equals one vote and there are collections in front of each structure and those cans will feed 130,000 people this year," said Polly Kauahi of Hawaii Food Bank.

The food drive runs for a couple of weeks.

The Hawaii Food Bank hopes to collect 21 tons of food before it's through.

''I think it's terrific to see all the architects in town come together to support the food bank and so we really put out a special effort and we hope to surpass what we put out last year, this year," said Gordon Wood of Durrant Media Five.