What does “Star Wars” and cans of green beans have in common?


Ten area design and building teams competed two weeks ago in “CAN Wars,” a competition to create the best structure made entirely out of nonperishable food items, inspired by the “Star Wars” trilogy.

Among the “CANstructions” were Post Architects’ “The Endless Battle of Good vs. Evil, Jedi vs. Sith, Food vs. Hunger.” The Southern Earth Sciences team built “R2D2 can deCANstruct Hunger,” and Forte & Tablada constructed “Fight Hunger We CAN,” complete with Yoda.

The American Institute of Architects Baton Rouge partnered with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM), the Shaw Center for the Arts and Louisiana’s Old State Capitol for this year’s “CANstruction.”

To celebrate the teams’ works, all three sites will be part of a “Can Wars” stroll that is set to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at LASM.

The can-tastic constructions will be on display at all three sites until Thursday, Sept. 17. At the conclusion of the event, all of the canned foods will be donated to the Food Bank.

“CANstruction is a really creative event that raises hunger awareness while demonstrating the creativity of the architects,” said Bob Kanas, the Food Bank’s chief operations officer. “It’s really unique and makes an impact in a way you wouldn’t normally anticipate.”

In the past five years, AIA Baton Rouge CANstruction has contributed more than 67,600 pounds of food to the Food Bank. This weight provides the equivalent of approximately 56,000 meals for those in need within the Food Bank’s 11-parish service area.