The Canstruction of the Southern Tier displays, at the Oakdale Mall through Sunday, are worth the trip just to see what can be built from cans of food.

This is the second year for the event, which benefits the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse of the Broome County Council of Churches, and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

There at several standouts in the show. A must-see is the a replica of the former Endicott IBM clock tower building built out of nearly 7,000 cans of food by a work crew of mostly IBM employees. The design cleverly mixed red cans for the building’s brick work, white cans for windows and detailing, and blue cans for the clock tower’s copula and the motto “THINK.”

Other can architects and builders produced a structure evoking R2-D2, of “Star Wars,” a robot and a carousel, among several others.

About 20,000 cans were used to build the structures and will eventually go to Broome County food pantries. The effort also produced $15,000 in sponsor donations that will be split between CHOW and the Food Bank.

The good work is also a good deed. Check it out before the cans come down on Sunday.

To see the full article at Pressconnects go to:  http://www.pressconnects.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/04/16/thumbs-clever-canstruction-worthy-cause/25892693/


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