I went on the little D's field trip to the CanStruction exhibit at the NYC Design Center. Normally I avoid these trips, but a little arm-twisting on Elizabeth's part made me the fall guy. And what an enjoyable experience it was! Too bad it was the last day, but put this on your calendar for next year, it's free, fun, fabulous and for a good cause.
The exhibits are quite spectacular, all made of cans and food packages. Up close, and sometimes even from afar, it's difficult to see the level of detail exhibited by these amazing constructions . As with pointillist paintings, you need to be at the right distance. Check out the sushi at right:
"Canstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, lead by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution."
At left (all pictures thanks to Adam Klein, who would show me the image on his camera viewfinder, often making things a lot clearer; he speculated that looking through the viewfinder would de-emphasize the division between the cans and thus improve clarity,) is a flamenco dancer, my favorite. Close up (she's ten feet tall,) she's just a jumble of cans, you'd have to be about fifty feet away to get the perfect effect.
Thanks to NYC Design Center, and all the people who donated time, effort and skills to this exhibition. And, of course, thanks to Sara, D's teacher who did a magnificent job in corralling the 23 kids and letting us adults off the hook.