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Jack and the Canned Sprout

In 1962, the typically hidden-in-cupboards Campbell's soup became an international icon after Andy Warhol treated it as his muse. His series of pop art pieces based on the can, and in particular his piece 100 Cans, have since become landmarks in the modern art movement — and now, they've inspired a generation of do-gooders. You see, CANstruction is a national charity committed to ending hunger. And every year it holds a national competition for the best sculpture made out of canned foods (bottled water counts). Using only tape and basic supports, top architectural and engineering firms across the U.S create colossal sculptures — of food! Last year's winner was The Jupiter Lighthouse: Lighting the Way in the Fight against Hunger. In that piece, water bottles became crashing waves; a beach was built out of rice bags; and stacked cases of tomato sauce replicated our very own red Jupiter Lighthouse. This year, an exhibit of locally-made can sculptures runs until November 5, when an award ceremony will take place. The winner will go on to compete nationally and then this process will be reversed: The works of art will be deconstructed back into food for the poor. Chew on that! See the exhibit at Gallery at the Lighthouse center for the arts located at 373 Tequesta Drive in Tequesta. Call 561-746-3101 or visit
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.; Tue., Oct. 20, 10 a.m. Starts: Sept. 22. Continues through Nov. 5, 2009

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