MEDIA RELEASE 2 April 2012

Giant Artworks made from Food Cans on their way to London

Canary Wharf to host the Capital’s first ever Canstruction® competition

Canstruction® at Canary Wharf
Competition Build Day – Sunday 24 June
Main Exhibition – Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July
Lobby of One Canada Square and Canary Wharf Shopping Malls
Canary Wharf, London

Canary Wharf is to host London’s very first Canstruction® event. From 24 June, Canstruction® at Canary Wharf will see world-leading architects and designers create giant sculptures from 40,000 cans of food throughout the famous business and shopping district, wowing the public and helping to feed people in need.

Internationally acclaimed firms will be working against the clock and each other in an international design competition to create the colossal ‘can’ sculptures. Participants will include AKT II, Allies and Morrison, Arup, Aedas, Adamson Associates, Gensler, John McAslan & Partners, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, HOK, PLP Architecture, Thornton Thomasetti and WSP Group.

Following this unique exhibition, all cans will be collected and redistributed by the award-winning UK food charity FareShare to communities throughout the Capital, including East London. This will provide 6,000 senior citizens, children, homeless and vulnerable people with up to 16 tonnes of canned food, equivalent to 38,000 nutritious meals. This can only be achieved with cans provided by, and support from, AF Blakemore Ltd and Waitrose Canary Wharf.

2012 is Canstruction®’s 20th anniversary, having been hugely successful in more than 170 cities throughout the world. It has grown to become one of the largest drives for food bank donations, and it is celebrating with an inaugural event in London coinciding with the 2012 London Festival of Architecture.

The sculptures will adorn both the lobby of One Canada Square, Britain’s tallest skyscraper, and Canary Wharf’s shopping malls, which have over 240 shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.

On Wednesday 27 June an expert panel of judges will attend Canstruction® at Canary Wharf and select the overall champion, among other categories. The winners will compete in the final International Canstruction® Competition 2013 in the United States.

Sian Astrop, Arts & Events Manager at Canary Wharf Group plc said: “Canstruction® at Canary Wharf will showcase innovative design and competitive spirit, while helping people in need; all things we are passionate about. The competition is a first for the Capital and is an outstanding example of the world-class events and public art exhibitions taking place at Canary Wharf in 2012.”

In addition to Canstruction®, Canary Wharf Group’s 2012 public arts programme include works from Sir Anthony Caro, Judith Cowan, Edward Allington RA, Luke Jerram, Carol McNicoll and others.

For further information, please contact:

Rosie Kempson/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rkempson/

Hamish McDougall
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
E: and


Canstruction® at Canary Wharf
Competition Build Day – Sunday 24 June
Main Exhibition – Monday 25 June – Saturday 7 July
Lobby of One Canada Square and Canary Wharf Shopping Malls


About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 15 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 200 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. Recent fashion openings include Tiffany & Co., Jaeger and Hackett. Seven new bars and restaurants have opened in the past 18 months to critical acclaim, creating over 400 jobs.

Canary Wharf’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted.

Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. CWG has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

Over 95,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a trademarked design competition originating in the US and currently held in countries throughout the world including Canada and Australia.

With more than 170 cities throughout the world and over 30,000 volunteers participating in Canstruction® competitions, it has grown to become one of the largest drives for food bank donations throughout the world.

Teams of five encompassing professional designers, architects and engineers compete against each other to design structures entirely out of canned food and then build those structures over a 12 hour period.

Winning entries are judged by a panel of experts and forwarded to the International Competition judged in the United States.

To date, a Canstruction® competition at Canary Wharf will be the first of its kind in London.

Cans from Canstruction® at Canary Wharf will be donated to the national charity FareShare and redistributed to vulnerable members of local communities throughout the UK.

Since its inception, Canstruction® has donated over 17.5 million pounds of food throughout the world.

Canstruction® also serves as an educational tool for universities, schools and other institutions raising awareness about nutrition, social responsibility and issues surrounding poverty.

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Canstruction ® is organised under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration®

About FareShare

FareShare is an award winning UK charity that fights hunger and food waste by redistributing good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to people who need it.

In the UK, 5.8 million people live in ‘deep poverty’ making it hard for them to afford everyday essentials, including food*. At the same time, 3 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food and drink industry every year**.

Last year, FareShare provided food for 8.6 million meals, supported 700 local charities and helped them feed 35,500 vulnerable people each day.

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* Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

**Waste Arisinat in the Supply of Food and Drink to Households in the UK, March 2010, WRAP