Students unleash canned food monster in downtown Regina

Members of the U of R Canstruction team with their creation. Photo courtesy of Heidi Smithson

Members of the U of R Canstruction team with their creation. Photo courtesy of Heidi Smithson

The Regina and District Food Bank’s annual Canstruction food drive is currently underway. Teams from across the city have erected giant structures from cans of food in the Cornwall Centre and Northgate Mall.

This is the 6th time U of R has entered the competition. The team, made up of Engineering and Applied Science students, was excited by their design this year because it represents the most advanced design the team has ever tried.

“We wanted to make something really challenging. For a lot of the team members, this is our third year or so with the team, and for several of us, it will be our last since we’re graduating. We thought this is the year to really flex our engineering muscles!”, explains the team’s chief designer, Fourth year student Arin Dolph.

With the new Godzilla movie coming out, the team thought “Why not make a giant Godzilla out of cans? And, while we’re at it, let’s make it really relevant to Regina and have it crushing the McCallum Hill Towers downtown!”

The structure is composed of 6124 cans of food, which will be donated to the Regina and District Food Bank, bringing the total donation by the team over six years to 25,000 cans of food.

The structures will remain on display in the malls until March 8. The public can make donations of canned foods at the displays or can visit the Regina and District Food Bank website for information on how to donate. More on this year’s structures can be found on the Regina and District Food Bank Facebook page (vote for the People’s Choice Award by liking your favourite structure!)

The Regina Engineering Students’ Society has funded the team $1000 for this engineering group.

Link to Food Bank website: http://reginafoodbank.ca/food-drives/canstruction-regina-2014/

Food Bank Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/reginafoodbank