Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Week Fourteen: 2nd Annual Capital Region Canstruction, NYS Museum, Albany, New York

Sorry this post is a little late.  On Friday (which was also Mr. Free Albany’s birthday) I went to the NYS Museum to see the Canstruction exhibit.  My in-laws accompanied me which made the visit even more fun.  

Canstruction is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to end hunger.  To help raise awareness and provide canned goods to the Food Pantries for the Capital District, the second annual Canstruction design competition challenged members of the community to design a display out of cans.  This year’s theme is “Zoo Can Do It” and over a dozen zoo animals constructed out of cans are on the fourth floor of the museum.    

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own cans which are used to cast ballots for their favorite animals.  Each animal has its own bin where you can vote for your favorites.  When we were there they were counting how many cans each animal received.

The animals are amazing.  I loved all of them but my favorite was the tarantula which was held together by cable ties.  I also loved the toucan standing next to a tree (the leaves were tea bags).  All of the animal designs displayed exceptional creativity and ingenious construction.  This is a must-see exhibit.  It runs until April 26th so stop by before time runs out!  

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