Another year of CANStruction is here, and the GMS Team drew inspiration from a beloved cohort of video game characters. This year’s sculpture, aptly named “Mushroom in Manhattan,” was constructed out of cans of salmon and tuna fish. Captain Sara McMonagle was joined on build night by Adrianna Early, Emily Taylor, May Thu Nwe Nwe, Juan Angulo, Florentin Lejeune, Maxence Gosselin, and Will Saldana.

GMS Engineer Emily Taylor noted that the team was challenged by the sculpture’s top-heavy mushroom cap, but they switched board materials part of the way up, and they overcame the obstacle.

Stop by Brookfield Place between 11/2/2023 and 11/13/2023 to see “Mushroom in Manhattan” and sculptures by other CANStruction teams. On November 6th, a panel of judges will deliberate and select winners in the following categories: Best Original Design, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, and 2 honorable mentions.

Each of the sculptures is made from unopened cans of food that are later donated to City Harvest. If you’d like to donate non-perishable food items, there will be a donation bin near the escalators at 230 Vesey Street, Level 2. Learn more about CANStruction here.


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