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SCIRT sweeps up at Canstruction Awards

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SCIRT’s City Care team took out two awards at this year’s Canstruction Awards, winning the Structural Ingenuity Award and Best Meal Award with its rendition of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Rapunzel”.

The team, led by City Care Project manager Hunter Morton, told the complex tale using more than 3,900 cans of food, kindly supported by the Moorhouse Avenue PAK’nSAVE.

After the competition, all the cans of food will be donated by the City Mission to needy people in Christchurch.

“It was a real challenge to nut out this year, to tell a story and incorporate all the elements. The 2.4 meter Tower needed to be rock-steady, and Rapunzel’s hair cascading down was tricky - we chose small tear-tab cans of baby food and linked them using yellow rubber bands - which was as far as the rules allowed us."

“It was a lot of fun, and a great team effort. Knowing the cans of food are going to a good cause makes it all worthwhile,” said Hunter.

Watch the timelapse video of the construction here.

"Rapunzel" - winner of the Structural Ingenuity Award and Best Meal Award.

International competition

Canstruction is a competition with a social heart that challenges designers, engineers, architects around the world to construct a 3 meter by 3 meter structure, using only cans of food, with minimal supports.

This year’s challenge to the rebuild teams across Christchurch was to illustrate a fairy tale, with the theme: “Once upon a time…”

Two SCIRT teams took on the challenge to test their design and construction skills on a smaller, trickier scale.

SCIRT’s Fletcher team spent more than 12 hours and used more than 8,000 cans to create a charming “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe” which promises to be a real crowd pleaser in the People’s Choice Award.

SCIRT Fletcher team's “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe”.

Where can you see them?

See the seven canstructions in the Canstruction tent at the A&P Show during the next three days, 11-13 November.  After the event, the cans will be distributed to needy people in Christchurch by the City Mission. You can also view SCIRT's winning entry on the Canstruction Facebook page.

People’s Choice awards

You can vote on your favourite construction and make a donation to the City Mission at the A&P Show, or by visiting the Canstruction givealittle website.

The Meal Award

This award goes to the construction that provides the most balanced meal. “Rapunzel” used:

  • Snow: Pam’s sliced mushrooms
  • Mountains: Delmaine Ratatouille
  • Tower: Pam’s creamed rice - vanilla and chocolate
  • Roof: tuna
  • River: Pam’s lite creamed rice
  • Trees: Wattie’s Pasta Sauce for the trunk, Wattie’s baked beans for the leaves
  • Rapunzel’s hair: Wattie’s banana custard

SCIRT’s “Rapunzel” team:

Led by Hunter Morton, of City Care, SCIRT’s winning “Rapunzel” team was drawn from across the SCIRT team: Hunter Morton, Emmanuelle Maucor, Kevin Westeneng, Brendon Cowles, Chris Wilson, Steve Bruerton, Rod Cameron, Christina Somerville, Linda McGregor and Hayden Bed.

Canstruction is sponsored by SCIRT, and the judging process is conducted by an independent panel. Judges are not told which team created which structure. 

Published: 11 November 2015