Information for School Groups

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Schedule Your Group Visit!

This year’s Canstruction Exhibition will be up from Thursday, November 7th through Thursday, November 21st.

  • We recommend that you visit between 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM or 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM to avoid lunchtime crowds.
  • Guided tours are subject to availability of tour guides. If you are interested in a guided tour, let us know.
  • Please schedule your visit with Arnhild Buckhurst or Pat Leyden. Contact information: Subject line “Group”. Please let us have the following information in order to assist you with a day and time to visit and we will do our best to accommodate your preferred time (non-school groups, please give similar information re: your organization or group):
    • Name of school/location
    • Preferred date and time
    • What grade(s)?
    • How many students?
    • How many adult chaperones? (we prefer an adult to child ratio of 1:5)
    • Name of teacher
    • Teacher’s email contact
    • Teacher’s telephone number

About the Competition

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 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)
2 for Honorable Mention

All Canstruction International Award winners go on to compete internationally through submission of photography to a panel of jurors. The winners are announced at the AIA and SDA conventions in Spring 2020. The international jury may give additional awards.

Maximum size of structure is 8'L x 8'W x 8'H.


Plan Your Visit

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EXHIBIT MAP: Download the Exhibit Map (to be added in October). Be sure to bring this map with you. There will be none available at the Information Desk. Elevators are marked on the map for those with accessibility issues.

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:  Please enter through the doors at 230 Vesey Street where you will see the first of the structures.    When you get to the Information Desk on the second level, please check in with the docents at the table. This is where the donation bin is located.

ARRIVING BY BUS: Please drop group visitors at the entrance to Brookfield Place at 230 Vesey Street.  After dropping the passengers off, buses will need to move and may have luck finding a spot on North End Avenue or near the Irish Hunger Memorial.  Pick up at the end of the tour will be at 230 Vesey Street as well. Directions to Brookfield Place or View a map

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

EATING LUNCH:  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. No running or jumping in Brookfield Place. The group will be asked to leave if anyone misbehaves.
  • 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.

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

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® 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 hunger relief organizations 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

Download Canned Food Facts


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

Download a pdf About City Harvest

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Here are some activities for your class:

  • Hold a Canstruction Junior event at your school - find out more at
  • View some time-lapse videos of Canstruction sculptures being built with your students before you visit the exhibit (Here are several videos of 2018 NYC sculptures being built. You can search for more on YouTube and Vimeo from teams all over the world)
  • Review the Competition Rules for Building the Structures - download the summary rules plus the Team Captain Slideshow, which shows a bit about the design and build process.
  • Have students vote for their favorite sculpture - link to voting page to be added after the exhibit opens. There will be a way to vote at the Information Desk for visitors.
  • Many classes spend time sketching various sculptures during their visit. Send pictures or notes to the teams.
  • Can NY coloring book
  • Coloring Book - available upon request. Not for resale. Contains 18 coloring pages and a crossword puzzle. Please do not redistribute.

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