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Food drive to create Lincoln-themed structures at presidential library April 27-May 3

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[April 22, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- Giant Lincoln-themed art sculptures made from canned food will be created and publicly displayed during the Canstruction food drive event April 27-May 3 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in downtown Springfield. The design winners of the canned food structures will be announced during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Three area architectural teams will use donated food items to create the sculptures in the atrium area of the presidential library, where they may be viewed daily free of charge. The event benefits Central Illinois Foodbank. Schools, groups and individuals are encouraged to bring canned food as a donation on the day they view the designs, and people who make a donation receive a dollar off their admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.

The Canstruction goal will be to collect 35,000 pounds of food in an effort to help feed 100 local families for an entire month.

The presidential library is challenging all schools to participate in their own food drives, with the top school receiving a special Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial assembly presented at the school by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. To register or to receive more information, contact Kristy Gilmore 217-522-4022 or visit

The Canstruction event is sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, AIA Illinois, News Channel 20, ABE-FM 93.9 and the State Journal-Register Newspapers in Education program.

Canstruction, a foundation of the Society for Design Administration, is a design-build competition currently conducted in cities throughout North America. Teams of architects, engineers and students mentored by these professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. The results are displayed to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits in each city where there is a competition.

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At the close of the exhibitions, all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to emergency feeding programs, including pantries, soup kitchens, and elderly and day care centers. Since its inception, 10 million pounds of food has been donated to aid in the fight against hunger.

Professional design and construction industry associations that have partnered with the Society for Design Administration in organizing local competitions are the American Institute of Architects, the Society for Marketing Professional Services and the International Interior Design Association. Visit for more information. 

[Text from Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]


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