The National Building Museum hosted 26 teams participating in the 2018 "Canstruction" competition Sunday, a contest in which teams build sculptures out of canned goods and collect food donations for local pantries.
Representing local architecture and design firms in the District, the teams met at noon and worked until they finished building their sculptures, which fell under a "CAN't Stop the Beet" theme.
The national Canstruction program aims to increase awareness about hunger and food insecurity while collecting canned good donations.In Washington, the Canstruction program is put on by the Washington Architectural Foundation to benefit the Capital Arena Food bank through donations of canned goods and non-perishable items.
Visitors to the museum on Nov.23 can vote for their favorite sculpture by donating a can of food, AIADC said, as an "alternative to the excesses of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving."
AIADC said the nature-themed sculptures from Canstruction 2017 collected a 73,169 pounds of food plus $8,191 in "votes" for the Capital Area Food Bank.
See photos of the sculptures as works in progress and completed masterpieces by scrolling down.