Can-not believe it’s art?
In 1962 Andy Warhol created a series of 32 paintings of Campbell Soup cans. Exhibited in a row resembling a grocery store shelf the work caused controversy and debate across the art world about the ethics and value of pop art.
At the World Financial Center Winter Garden this week, there is no question of the ethics of art on display. But Warhol’s cans do make an appearance. For one week only giant can sculptures populate the indoor garden in an exhibition and competition in aid of City Harvest, a charity that has served the hungry and homeless in NYC for over 25 years.
As winter draws in and families stock pile food for the Thanksgiving feast, the Canstruction exhibition raises awareness of the 1.5 million New Yorkers currently living in poverty who wont be eagerly preparing sticky yams next week. Thanks to City Harvest and Canstruction however these edible sculptures will be coming their way. Days before Thanksgiving the cans are distributed to the homeless and hungry throughout New York.
See for yourself how 25 teams of architects, designers and students from all over the world have interpreted Warhol’s cans for the greater good.