OPN Des Moines Takes the Trophy at Canstruction

The Des Moines studio was awarded Juror’s Favorite for the third consecutive time at this year’s installment of Central Iowa Canstruction on March 28 at the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines. Competing teams—led by architects and engineers—showcased their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely of canned food fitting the theme of A Night At The Movies. More than 20 OPN staff members participated, bringing to life a scene from the classic “Jaws.” The sculpture—made of 2,000 cans and other non-perishable food items purchased with $1,500 donated by OPN’s clients and collaborators—featured a sailboat floating in an ocean, with a giant great white shark biting at the stern. The sculptures will be on display at the Science Center for two weeks, after which all materials will donated to local food pantries throughout Des Moines.

The Cedar Rapids studio will be participating in the Corridor Canstruction event on April 15 at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Canstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. By combining the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to feed the hungry, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food nationally to community food banks since 1992. Check out more information on the organization and upcoming events across the nation at

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