Now here’s for many a “can’t miss” in the Metro no matter where one’s hometown, and definitely worth a trip to Atlantic Station, always a fun destination. It will host unique, original public exhibits, massive, intricately designed and constructed art structures, all made of cans of food. An example is shown in our headline photo and the artistic dimensions are extraordinary. And it all benefits a worthy cause: the Atlanta Community Food Bank at 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. Atlanta 30318. Founded in 1979 by Georgia Tech alumnus Bill Bolling, Atlanta Food Bank distributes over 60 million pounds of donated groceries a year to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies—and they in turn feed the hungry in 29 counties across and around the ever growing Metro.
Canstruction [as in cans of food] Atlanta, a nonprofit Food Bank ally, has been doing this philanthropic event for 19 years now, so 2018 represents a milestone in a terrific tradition. This year’s Canstruction Atlanta 20th Annual Public Art event has a nice long run, Nov. 4-16, and takes place in 3 office towers adjacent to Atlantic Station. Canstruction Atlanta in turn is supported by 2 super creative groups, the city chapters of the American Institute of Architects and also the Society for Design Administration. Because the event is all about public art to raise awareness of food insecurity for many throughout Atlanta, naturally the event is free and open to everyone.
The aesthetic nature of these “canstructions” is somehow avantgarde and activist, but there are other aspects that include engineering and architecture, making the installation art compelling. They often reflect thoughtful planning and meticulous balance in their assembly. Because the art pieces are necessarily about the problems of world hunger in our own metro area, the exhibits all have a reflective side. The massive installation in our headline photo, for example, is entitled “Hunger: A State Which Will Live in Infamy.”
The collaboration for this particular Canstruction Atlanta double-award winning piece of public art last year represented talented professional designers and construction professionals from two outstanding firms with offices in Atlanta. The design came from Steven & Wilkinson, which favors solutions that are not only effective but also culturally significant. Collaborating with S & W was the firm of Whiting-Turner, a contracting company that apart from good workmanship maintains dedication to the highest moral principles. The unified components of uplifting ethics and innovative approaches show fine corporate values all in support of a good cause and part of the Atlanta Spirit of helping others battle hunger throughout the metro. In shall we say, a “can do” approach. It will be stimulating and fun in the first part of November to visit the soaring towers in Midtown while supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. For hunger in Atlanta would be so much greater without this socially conscious institution that has become a mainstay in our city.
-Dr. Paul Hudson