Caroline Leemis Design of Columbia and O’Loughlin Architecture and Construction of Moberly were recognized this week by Canstruction®, Inc., as being among winners of the 23rd Annual Canstruction International Design Competition. 

“Fight Hunger with Sword in Hand” was awarded the Best Use of Labels prize in the 17th professional design/build competition held in Mid-Missouri last April. Winners from sanctioned events worldwide forward digital images of their structures to compete in the international competition. From among hundreds of entries, the structure is the 2nd Runner Up in the International Best Use of Labels category.

The fish-like structure was made with nearly 2,000 contrasting cans of Schnucks brand and Starkist tuna and was on display at the Boone County Government Center before the food was donated to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. 

The Mid-Missouri event, which rotates the competitions between Columbia and Jefferson City, is organized by the Missouri Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute. The competition requires that all teams have at least one design professional and use only canned food, which is to be donated to The Food Bank.

“Each year, the teams go above and beyond in terms of design and commitment to the cause,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. "We so appreciate the talent, dedication and donations of food for those in need in our community."

Since 1998, more than 100 sculptures in Mid-Missouri have raised roughly 250,000 pounds of food for central and northeast Missouri.