Inaugural Canstuction Exhibitions Benefit College Food Pantries


Courtesy of Brian Bui

On the North Campus, The Unbeatables use ravioli cans to spell out “Thank You Vets!” as part of their Canstruction submission.

In honor of Veterans Day, the offices of Student Engagement and Activities (SEA) of the San Jacinto College North, South, and Central Campuses introduced a unique new tribute event called Canstruction to celebrate the men and women of the armed forces.

As part of the contest, competing teams built artistic structures around the theme of military service using canned goods like tuna or soup. Afterward, the renderings were displayed to the public and votes were cast for the best artwork. When the showcases are dismantled, the cans will be donated each campus’s food pantries.  

Eight teams participated in Canstruction on the South Campus. One of the teams, which included members from the office of Veteran Services, called themselves The Souper Heroes as an homage to their structure built primarily from chicken noodle soup cans.

Another South Campus team, The Eclectics, were students from the Design One class. An advantage of being part of the Art and Design department is an enhanced ability to think outside of the “can,” so The Eclectics incorporated wood platforms in their submission to create the illusion of motion in what appears to be a waving American flag.

The Eclectics member Roxanne Holt said she was excited to be part of the competition because she appreciated the hands-on component of Canstruction.

“We draw a lot in class for [a] grade, but this is fun,” she added. “We get to use materials.”

Over on the North Campus, The Unbeatables used ravioli cans to spell out “Thank You Vets!” while We Are SGA created a tribute to all the branches of the military with a heart made of cans as its centerpiece.

As of press time, the contest winner names were unavailable.

South Campus SEA Coordinator Daniel Byars said he is hopeful Canstruction is the start of many relief-type events meant to benefit the College’s vulnerable populations.

“We [SEA coordinators] thought it would be a great opportunity to engage our community and raise awareness,” Byars said, “and have some fun and also get donations for our students in need.”