Delayed by Hurricane Sandy, New York’s Canned Goods Sculpture Competition Returns

Every year, as part of the food drive program Canstruction, artists and architects converge on the World Financial Center to make incredible sculptures out of cans of food — which are donated to City Harvest thereafter — and though 2012’s edition of the competition was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, Curbed New York reports that it has been rescheduled for next month.

The canny masterpieces will take shape at the World Financial Center February 1-11, with groups including engineering firm Arup, architects Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority turning 100,000 cans into art. Past highlights of the annual contest include renderings of the World Trade Center, the Brooklyn Bridge, and an Andy Warhol portrait incorporating Campbell’s soup cans (above) by NK Architects. If one of this year’s Canstruction creations isn’t a rendering of “Beast Jesus” made out of cans, we will flip our lid.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: NK Architects, “15 Minutes of Fame to Fight Hunger,” Newark, NJ; Courtesy Canstruction, Inc./Facebook.)