Every year, Canstruction Southwest Virginia is a uniquely creative event at the Taubman Museum of Art in Downtown Roanoke that supports a great cause.

This incredible display of art pieces that are made entirely of non-perishable donations is organized by Feeding America Southwest Virginia in an effort to raise awareness of hunger-related issues.

The “colossal canned food sculpture competition” offers local teams the opportunity to design amazing creations with canned food, which are then disassembled when the competition ends and donated to the local Feeding America Southwest Virginia food bank, helping provide food to people in need during the Thanksgiving season.

This year’s Canstruction Southwest Virginia takes place at the Taubman Museum of Art from November 4-20.

The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday and admission is free. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a can or two of food to help take part in providing food to needy families in our region.

The following is a preview of the six fantastic sculptures you’ll find on display in this year’s competition.

1. “A Shot Against Hunger”


Team: Spectrum Design
Cans In Structure: 2,891

2. “Chew Chew Express”


Cans In Structure: 4,360

3. “Demolishing Hunger”


Team: Virginia Tech
Cans In Structure: 3,362

4. “FPA ‘CAN’ Do It!”


FPA: Forest Park Academy
Team: Roanoke City Public Schools
Cans In Structure: 1,170

5. “Hats Off to Willy Wonka”


Team: Roanoke County Public Schools
Cans In Structure: 2,430

6. “The BIG Engine That CAN!”


Team: SFCS
Cans In Structure: 2,068

Check out this awesome display in Virginia’s Blue Ridge over the next couple weeks and remember to add our #BlueRidgeDay hashtag to your cool Canstruction pictures on social media! For more information, please visit the Canstruction Southwest Virginia website.

You can also learn more about other exhibits at local museums and galleries in Virginia’s Blue Ridge by checking out our calendar of Featured Exhibitions.