BAC Bachelor of Architecture Students Serve as Leaders During Canstruction 2015

Robert Henry and Michael Gross participate in design competition to fight hunger

"King of Beantown" Can Scuplture; Photo courtesy Robert Henry

"King of Beantown" Can Scuplture; Photo courtesy Robert Henry

The food fight is on. BAC Bachelor of Architecture students Robert Henry and Michael Gross had a busy October working with their firm, Symmes Maini & Mckee Associates  (SMMA) of Cambridge, MA, to submit a sculpture for the 20th year of Canstruction Boston.

Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors compete to create colossal sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. This year's theme was "Celebrate! 20 years in Boston" and teams developed canned good sculptures that represented Boston's culture over the past 20 years.

Robert worked as his firm's team captain to bring to life a can structure of Boston's late mayor, Thomas Menino. Robert, who works as a submittals coordinator at SMMA, was the youngest amongst all team captains, and his leadership resulted in an impressive structure of 1,942 cans that displays a convincing likeness to the late mayor. The number of cans used in the sculpture represents the year that Mayor Menino was born, and each one will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, MA.

"This design competition has been a learning experience for me. The driving factor throughout this whole experience has been the end goal of donating a sizable amount of food to a local food bank," commented Robert. "This year's competition resulted in over 85,000 cans of food; it was a rewarding experience to lead my firm's participation in this sum."

In the past 19 years, Canstruction Boston has collected more than 750,000 pounds of food, which has provided roughly 600,000 meals to people in the Greater Boston area. A record number of 26 teams came together on built out day on October 7 to complete their structures. The sculptures will be on display at BSA Space and in the Atlantic Wharf lobby at 280 Congress Street, Boston, until Friday, October 30.