Support the SFU Rose at Canstruction Vancouver 2012!

Canstruction Vancouver 2012Students from the Faculty of Environment (along with students from SIAT and Engineering) have collaborated to enter the Canstruction Vancouver 2012 charity competition. Canstruction is a non-profit organization that holds annual design-and-build competitions to construct fantastic, giant-sized structures made entirely out of canned food. At the close of the competition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society for distribution.

This year’s Canstruction theme is ‘Vancouver’. The Canstruction SFU team’s design is called the Simon Fraser Rose. The center of the rose represents the three diverse campuses of SFU connected as one. The rose petals represent the blossoming of Metro Vancouver. The leaves represent the vast natural setting that is British Columbia. As a whole, the three separate parts of the rose combined reflect the community fostered by Simon Fraser University and the essence of the City of Vancouver.

The SFU sculpture consists of 4000+ nutritious canned food items, all to be donated to the food bank, thanks to significant donations from the SFSS Advocacy Committee, Sustainable SFU, The Faculty of Environment, SFU Facilities, SFU Community Trust, Metropolitan Printers, SIFE: Let’s Can Hunger Team, as well as SFU students, friends and family.

The Canstruction sculptures will be on display from 9:30am until 5pm daily, beginning Monday, March 26, 2012 and continuing through to Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at the HSBC Pendulum Gallery (885 West Georgia Street). In addition, sculptures can be found at the Four Seasons Hotel (1075 West Georgia Street) and the FortisBC Centre (1111 West Georgia Street). Anyone viewing the can creations is invited to make a donation of their own, which will also go to the food bank.

SFU students and faculty can help the SFU team win The Vancouver Sun’s Viewer Choice Award by going to and voting for the Simon Fraser Rose.

Thanks to Maziar Kazemi for sharing the information and the photograph!