Presented by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place New York

The 2021 Canstruction New York Exhibit is Closed Until Next Year

The 29th Annual Canstruction New York Exhibit was open from November 4 - 15, 2021 at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NY, NY in lower Manhattan. We had 16 CANmazing CANsculptures. Take a virtual tour of the exhibit below

Tour the 2021 Canstruction New York Exhibit!

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Click the image on the left to take a virtual tour of the 2021 exhibit! All structure images by Ashok Sinha courtesy Canstruction New York
We have our winners!

Cangratulations to the award winners of the 29th Annual Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition:

  • Best Original Design - DeSimone: Red Cube
  • Structural Ingenuity - LERA Consulting Structural Engineers: End Hunger ATLAS-t
  • Best Use of Labels - KPFF Consulting Engineers: Striking Out Hunger
  • Best Meal - Urban Architectural Initiatives: Reef-Framing Hunger
  • Honorable Mention - Microdesk: Pikachu Takes a Bite of the Big Apple
  • Honorable Mention - AKF Group: CAN-tainers Stuck on the Suez CAN-al
  • Most Cans - Thornton Tomasetti: Can Drawing #2021 - 9,698 cans
  • Look to the Future in memory of Christine Schlendorf of Perkins Eastman - CallisonRTKL: CANucopia to End Hunger
  • Cheri Award in memory of Canstruction founder, Cheri C. Melillo - Perkins Eastman: CANservancy
  • The People have spoken! The People's Choice winner is - Microdesk: Pikachu Takes a Bite of the Big Apple

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Canstruction New York awards are given in the following categories:

Canstruction International Award categories, which go on to the International Awards Competition:

1 for Best Original Design
1 for Structural Ingenuity
1 for Best Use of Labels
1 for Best Meal
1 for Most Cans
1 for People’s Choice

Canstruction New York Award categories, which are only given locally:

1 for the Cheri C. Melillo Award (nicknamed the Cheri)
1 Look to the Future Award
The jury will award 2 Honorable Mention Awards at their discretion

All Canstruction International Award winners go on to compete internationally through submission of images to a panel of jurors. The winners are announced at the AIA and SDA conventions in Spring 2021. The international jury may give additional awards.

Maximum size of structure is 10'L x 10'W x 10'H.

ADMISSION:  There is no admission fee to enter Canstruction, but we ask that all our visitors bring a full can of healthy food (or several) to add to the contributions from all the Build Teams.  There is a large collection bin next to the Information Desk located on the second level.  The cans are collected daily and sent to City Harvest.

ENTRY POINT:  It is best to enter through the doors at 230 Vesey Street where you will see the first of the structures.   

ARRIVING BY SUBWAY:  You have the following options:

  • E train to WTC
  • A&C trains to Chambers Street
  • 2&3 trains to Park Place
  • N&R trains to Courtlandt Street
  • 4&5 trains to Fulton Street

Directions to Brookfield Place or View a map

DINING:  There are several available food options at Hudson Eats and throughout Brookfield Place to get food or snacks (see  Please go to the public seating area at “Hudson Eats” on the second-floor level, just up the south escalator from the Winter Garden.  There is also the option of sitting on the steps to the Winter Garden, but we ask that you are meticulous about cleaning up afterward as there are many visitors to this great space.

CELL PHONES:  Note that cell phones are often very helpful in “reading” the structures.  We recommend that you use one on each and every structure.


  • All structures are self-supported. Please be mindful of your small children. No running or jumping in Brookfield Place. Do not lean over the stanchions or touch the sculptures!
  • There is NO coat check. All belongings (backpacks, bags, jackets etc.) must be kept with you at all times.
  • Photography is generally permissible. Brookfield Place has restrictive areas where photography is not permissible. Please limit photography to Canstruction structures only. No tripods unless you have permission from Brookfield Place.

Don't forget to bring cans to donate to City Harvest!


About Canstruction®

Canstruction® New York is a 501(c)(3) Corporation.
is a not for profit charity, founded by the SDA, which hosts competitions and events creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non-perishable food. Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction® events in over 100 cities around the world each year. The can art sculptures are on exhibit to the public in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. At the close of an exhibition, all food from the structures and public donations are donated to local food banks.   Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006. Since 1992, Canstruction® has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt.®

Download the 2019 Canstruction New York Facts

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About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 64 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs empower individuals through nutrition education, increase our partners’ capacity, and strengthen the local food system, helping New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity to access, afford, and consume nutritious food. To learn more about our work, visit

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About Arts Brookfield

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., London, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield has brought public spaces to life through art for more than 30 years.

About Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place (BFPL) New York is one of Brookfield's most iconic Place Making destinations that brings together modern office space, cultural experiences, curated dining and world-class shopping. One of New York City's most dynamic districts, Brookfield Place is a step away from the everyday and in step with the latest in global and local culture. The 14-acre, 5-building complex on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan is home to some of the world's most innovative companies and one of New York's most celebrated experiential, culinary and shopping destinations. Brookfield animates its grand indoor and outdoor public spaces year-round through a mix of culture and events, bringing together a diverse array of New Yorkers and visitors. From waterfront cafes along the North Cove Marina to palm trees inside the famed Winter Garden, art installations to live music, Brookfield Place New York is a setting for discovery and inspiration, savoring and indulging, relaxing and socializing.

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The Canstruction® New York exhibition is presented with generous support from Brookfield Properties.