Great Pump'can' found in Mall of America

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The Great Pump'can' at Canstruction 2010 at Mall of America

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- An artistic construction zone at the Mall of America is using food as art to raise awareness about hunger in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The annual Canstruction event puts thousands of non-perishable food items in the hands of local architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students. It's a competition to see who can design the most creative food sculpture using stacks of food.  Thin boards can be used between layers of cans, but no adhesives can be applied. 

This year teams filled the Nordstrom Court in Mall of America with a hot air balloon, a Vikings ship, Paul Bunyan in a forest and Linus in a pumpkin patch.

"We are at 10,000 cans," said Karen Severson of the Society for Design Administration. "That translates into about 15,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland.

All of the food used in the event will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland and its network of food distribution agencies.  Mall of America visitors are encouraged to donate food and money at the Canstruction event.

"Every dollar collected helps Second Harvest Heartland distribute four meals to the hungry," Severson said.

The event continues through Monday, September 27th at the Nordstorm Court in Mall of America.

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