Oscars at CANstruction 2015

August 31, 2015 – Meyer Borgman Johnson in Phoenix teamed with Sundt Construction, HDR Engineering, and Coreslab Structures to build an Oscar-themed sculpture for this year’s CANstruction competition and fundraiser event, winning the Structural Ingenuity Award at the awards ceremony on August 13. The sculpture, entitled “Live from the Red Carpet,” is over 8 feet tall and uses more than 2,200 cans, filled with beans, tuna, chili, corn, and tomatoes. CANstruction is an international charity competition inviting architects, engineers, contractors, and students to design and build giant structures made entirely of cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food is donated to local food banks. Last year Phoenix CANstruction donated over 51,000 cans to St. Mary’s Food Bank.

The design theme was based on the Academy Awards’ annual celebration of cinema and all the people who have shared their creative talents and turned dreams into reality by projecting them onto the silver screen for everyone to enjoy. The goal in designing the life-sized Oscar was to create an immediately recognizable Oscar figure, but more importantly, to fight hunger and help make the dreams of those who need a reliable food source become reality. In regard to the structural design, Meyer Borgman Johnson team member Lindsey Schultz explained, “The tall slender column element had cantilevering portions that created the curves of the statue and required some creative problem-solving. We used our knowledge of structural engineering and experience from previous CANstruction structures to make it happen.”

CANstruction AZ 2015 Oscar

“Live From the Red Carpet”