Most people know the brand name of little giant ladders. It’s a name that says “quality ladder”,”Useful ladder” and of course” Lifetime guarantee”. But there is several kinds of little giant ladders. Some big, heavy, small and light ones. What we are going to take a look at today is not just art, but a whole form of it. We have had cubism, landscape, Conceptual and now a new form is breaking out with several artists getting into it. It’s the art of upcycling old tins and cans. It’s called “Canstruction”, but this is not just art…
To find out the story behind this we take a trip over to New York, USA to listen to the story about the life of “Cheri Melillo”.
(Wiki): In 1992, Cheri Melillo, creator and editor of the New York Chapter’s prize-winning publication “SkyLines” and the National Public Relations Chair for the Society for Design Administration (SDA) in New York, instituted the SDA’s Lunch-Time Tours and Administrative Round Table Program. During her tenure as the SDA’s National Public Relations Chair she developed Canstruction as a way to bring the design and construction community together to compete in friendly competitions while giving back to the community. Cheri served as volunteer President and Executive Director for 17 years before her death in December 2009 of brain cancer. Cheri’s work on Canstruction earned her numerous accolades. She was made an Honorary Member of the American institute of Architects for her work in developing, marketing and promoting Canstruction in 2000; in 2009 she accepted “The Creativity of the Mind Award from “The Odyssey of the Mind” as well as a Public Service Award from BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) in 2007.
Moving onto what “Canstruction” it’s self it is a nonprofit organization providing canned food to local food banks in cities holding Canstruction competitions. Canstruction is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food is donated to local food banks where the competitions are held. Canstruction was founded in 1992 by Cheri Melillo and has since raised millions of pounds of food for food banks in participating cities across the world. With more than 170 cities and over 30,000 volunteers participating in Canstruction competitions, Canstruction has grown to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world.
So where do little giant ladders come into this?!? Under the original rules of the Canstruction competion, each art team is only allowed to use 1 set of step ladders, and most Americans will pick little giant ladders every time.
Pictures by various artists
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