MILWAUKEE – Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) teamed up with Graef Construction to compete against the city’s top architectural and engineering firms in order to create sculptures using canned food. This year’s CANstruction theme was “Wisconsin Proud” taking place in the rotunda of Glendale’s Bayshore Town Center on Sunday, October 30th.
This competition is held by the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center who partner with Bayshore Town Center and its philanthropic arm, Olshan Outreach. After the exhibition and awards, the cans are put to even greater use by being donated to the Jewish Community Pantry. The pantry, located at 2900 W. Center Street, provides emergency food to individuals and families in crisis throughout the greater Milwaukee area.
EUA and Graef depicted the theme of Wisconsin Proud with a big red barn with silo, a field of corn stalks and of course, Bessie the cow. Some facts about EUA and Graef’s CANstruction:
- Fundraising before the event raised over $3,500 towards purchase of cans
- 6,300 cans were used (almost 50% of the entire events donated cans)
- 10 volunteers donated 4 hours of their time to build
Overall this event was able to raise more than 13,000 cans. The judging for the competition will be held on Tuesday, November 1st from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with the sculptures available for viewing until November 9th inside the Bayshore Town Mall rotunda.