Canstruction New York went virtual for 2020!


Visit the Canstruction New York 2020-21 Virtual Design Exhibit now!

Click the image above to start. For best viewing, click the link to go to the Google Photos Album and click on the first image and click the right arrow > on computer or swipe on your mobile device through the "Tour"

The official exhibit is now through Sunday, February 7th, but the exhibit will be available after that date for viewing.

Click to See the Award Announcements

People's Choice Voting is Now Closed

Click to See the People's Choice Award Announcement

The Jury Announces the Winners

Suzanne Mecs, Managing Director of AIANY declares the Best Use of Labels and the first of 2 Honorable Mention Award winners

Ron Ben-Israel, Chef-Owner of Ron Ben-Israel Cakes announces the Best Meal and the second of 2 Honorable Mention Award winners

Brion van Over, son of Canstruction Founder, Cheri Melillo, announces the winner of the Cheri Melillo Award.

Melba Wilson, Chef-Owner of Melba's Restaurant and Melba's Catering in Harlem announces the Best Original Design Award Winner

The people have spoken. Watch to find out the People's Choice Award winner.

About the Virtual Competition and Fundraising Event

  • Option 1 - Virtual Build with a fundraising component - The general concept is to build and submit a virtual 3D rendering with actual can labels and specifications. The goal is to fundraise the cost of the cans that would be needed to actually build the structure.
  • Option 2 - Virtual Fundraiser - Set a team goal and fundraise as a team.

Both options will be via a City Harvest online Virtual Food Drive under Canstruction New York 2020. Each team will set up a team under Canstruction New York. The City Harvest platform will allow you to fundraise both internally as a firm and externally, allowing you to reach a broader audience of colleagues, friends, and family. There will be a minimum donation requirement for teams entering the digital design competition, which replaces the traditional entry fee. All donations are tax-deductible.

Once teams submit their structure renderings, we will hold an online exhibit of all the virtual canstructures. The current schedule is:
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - Sunday, February 7, 2021 Canstruction New York Virtual Exhibit
  • week of January 25, 2021 Judging
  • week of February 1, 2021 Award winners will be announced on social media
  • through February 7, 2021 Canstruction New York Virtual Food Drive/fundraising
  • February 7, 2021 Virtual DeCanstruction
  • February 7, 2021 People’s Choice Voting Closes
To see details and images from past competitions, go to the Past Events page
Best Original Design

Canstruction New York awards will be given in the following categories:

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

1 for Best Original Design
1 for Best Use of Labels
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 for Best Meal
The jury may chose to 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.


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.