Hungry for change.... When you hear that phrase, what do you think of?  A hungry, hungry hippo wading through turbulent waters, chomping down on gold coins?  Well, that’s exactly what we thought of!

This spring, a team consisting of members of our office and a structural engineer/friend from KL&A participated in Canstruction, an event organized by the Society for Design Administration and benefiting Hunger Free Colorado. We were challenged to design and build a sculpture out of canned and packaged foods that embodied the theme, “Hungry for Change.” With just one day to construct our sculpture, we had to carefully plan ahead and estimate the number of soup cans and other assorted food items it would take to build our hippo and his environment. As it turns out, microwavable plastic soup containers arranged in the shape of a hippo are not as structurally sound as one might think…

Along with five other architecture firms, we spent the day constructing our canned-food sculptures in the atrium of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. It was fun to see the hundreds of boxes of donated canned food transformed into whimsical creatures, geometric shapes and murals. The creations remained on display for the public to view for a few days and were then dismantled—all the canned goods directly donated to Hunger Free Colorado to serve their mission of eradicating hunger in our state.

The local news even captured a time-lapse video of the BRS team hard at work on our hippo!

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:25am

Tags: volunteering (6), teamwork (9), food bank (4), community outreach (5)

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